Free Pick on Kansas City Royals
0 Reply | 120 ViewsOn 07/04/2013 09:36 AM in Cappers
Money Line: -140 Kansas City
Don't let Shields 3-6 record this season fool you. He is still one of the best pitchers in baseball posting a 2.99 ERA. He has 104 strikeouts this season and has averaged 7.1 innings per game in his eight home starts. Early in the season the Royals had trouble providing Shields with the run support he needed to win games. That should not be an issue today as they come into this game batting .291 as a team and scoring 5.1 runs per game over their past seven games.
It is an opposite story for the Indian's Ubaldo Jimenez. He has posted a 6-4 record because Cleveland has provided him with a lot of early leads. I do not think they will be able to do that today against Shields. Cleveland is at their worst from a scoring and hitting standpoint when facing a right handed starter. They have a .254 team batting average in those games. Add in the fact that Shields is no ordinary right-hander, and the Indians have a losing record on the road, and the Royals become the obvious play in this one.
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