NY Mets vs KC Royals MLB Spread Preview

Posted by Aaron . on June 21, 2016 in

Last fall’s World Series sees a MLB betting lines rematch between the defending champion Kansas City Royals and the National League pennant holders, the New York Mets. The Royals have been part of a four-team slog (along with the White Sox, Tigers and Indians) trying to grasp the American League Central Division lead. The Mets have held onto second in the National League East for most of the season, trailing the Washington Nationals.

How To Bet the Royals @ Mets MLB Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7:10pm ET
Where: Citi Field, Flushing, NY
TV: SNY, FS-KC
Radio: Mets and Royals
Live Stream: FoxSportsGo
Pitching Matchup: Ian Kennedy (5-5, 4.71 ERA) (KC) vs Noah Syndergaard (7-2, 1.91 ERA) (NY)
MLB Odds: Mets -210

Why should you bet on the Royals?

That ERA up there by Kennedy’s name is a little chunky, and that’s because he is vulnerable to giving up the long ball. He got a win on Wednesday over Cleveland even though he permitted four runs in 6 2/3 innings. The Indians hit a pair of two-run dingers, but most of Kennedy’s day was solid as he struck out six and only permitted three other hits (besides those home runs). When he’s not giving up the long ball, though, he’s pretty solid. He has given up eight homers in his last three starts, but Citi Field is not known as a hitter’s park. So if Kennedy can keep the ball in the park, he can manage the Mets.

Why should you put your money on the Mets?

Noah Syndergaard has pitched like a man on a mission this season, keeping that microscopic ERA and providing better location for that super-plus fastball of his. The Royals were able to deal with that fastball in the Series, but Syndergaard has been finding ways to throw strikes without leaving the fastball out over the fat part of the plate. On Wednesday, Syndergaard went 8 1/3 dominant innings against the Pirates, fanning 11 and permitting just five hits, one earned run and allowing no walks. He has not permitted more than two earned runs in any start since May 1.

My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Mets to gain some redemption in this matchup. Kennedy just leaves too much out over the plate, and Syndergaard has been pitching with laser focus this season. I’m predicting a 4-2 New York victory.