Noah Syndergaard (7-2, 1.91 ERA) gets the ball for the New York Mets (36-32) as they meet Ian Kennedy (5-5, 4.17 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (38-31) in the first of a two-game series at Citi Field. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 21 and will air on FSKC and SNY.
In his last start, Syndergaard pitched 8.1 innings, giving up two and striking out 11 in an 11-2 victory over the Pirates. The Royals were also victorious the last time Kennedy pitched. He did not do well, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing four runs, striking out six and walking two in a 9-4 victory over the Indians. Paulo Orlando (.353, 12 Rs, 1 HR, 14 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday.
The Mets are a -190 favorite with a total of 7 for this interleague matchup.
Pick - NYM
In their last game, the Royals won by a margin of one run. The Mets are 13-9 in one-run games. The Royals have a 12-6 record in close games.
The Mets didn't score any runs in their last game. The Royals have a 3-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
It looks like the Royals have a slight leg up on the Mets, as the Royals have won their last three games while the Mets have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 31-10. The Mets have a 26-4 record when outhitting opponents.
New York and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. New York sits at 28th with 250 runs this season and Kansas City ranks 23rd with 282.
Ranking 21st, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.717). Kansas City ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .736.
When the Royals allow at least one home run, they are 23-23. When the Mets allow one or more homers, they have a 13-20 record.