Atlanta vs Kansas MLB Odds Analysis

Posted by Aaron . on May 13, 2016 in

On Saturday night, the Atlanta Braves and the Kansas City Royals will take the field for the middle game of their weekend set. The Royals (16-18) are in third place in the American League Central and just lost to the New York Yankees, 7-3, on Thursday. The Braves (8-25) are in fifth place in the National League East and lost to Philadelphia on Thursday, 7-4. Find the latest MLB betting odds here.

Atlanta Braves vs Kansas Royals MLB Odds Analysis

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 7:15 PM Eastern time
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
TV: FSSO, FSKC
Radio: KYYS 1250 AM Kansas City
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Mike Foltynewicz (0-1, 5.06 ERA) (ATL) vs Dillon Gee (0-0, 2.61 ERA) (KC)

 

 

Why should you bet on Atlanta?

Foltynewicz is an exciting young pitcher who has a plus fastball, a devastating slider and a sweeping curveball, and he used all three of those pitches effectively in seven innings against the Diamondbacks on Sunday. This is an interleague series, which means the teams only meet rarely, and no Royals have ever hit against Foltynewicz, which is generally an advantage for the pitcher. The Braves actually a very young rotation (all five starters are 25 or younger), which can lead to positive energy. Freddie Freeman has been hitting the ball hard lately, swatting two home runs in the Braves’ series with Philadelphia.

Why should you put your money on the Royals?

Well, the first reason is that the Braves are 8-25. But another reason is the Royals’ starting pitcher, Dillon Gee. He is making his first turn in the rotation, taking Chris Young’s spot, but he pitched 5 innings out of the bullpen on Monday, permitting only one run. Only six Braves have ever faced Gee — but one of them is Freeman, who has two home runs off Gee. Also, Nick Markakis is 5 for 9 lifetime off Gee. For most of the Braves, though, they will have to accustom themselves to Gee’s stuff. Also, Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain have emerged from early season slumps and have the Royals winning.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I’d like to pick the Braves behind Foltynewicz, but it’s hard to pick a team with a winning percentage under .250 without a really compelling reason. I’m predicting a 4-2 Royals win.