The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals meet up for a weekend series, who could very well see one another in the postseason. I just have the feeling that they could be meeting early in the postseason, with the Royals winning the series. The Orioles and Royals have both gotten off to some solid starts, but I fear the O’s aren’t going to be able to keep it going at a high clip. They might find a way in the postseason as a wildcard and we’ll see where it goes from there.
The Red Sox have not found a stride, the Yankees are extremely flawed, the Blue Jays appear hungover from the postseason still, and the Astros are under-performing, so the Orioles could find a way to nudge themselves into the American League discussion. A lot of what I just said may change in July, but the fact of the matter is, none of those teams have impressed anybody. The Royals are still the team to beat.
The Royals took a bite out of the Tigers yesterday, taking a 4-0 win to take two of three from Detroit. Kansas City will gladly take another series at home here, as the Orioles fly into town after they had the day off yesterday. Baltimore earned a 4-3 win against the Blue Jays the previous day. It’ll be Yovani Gallardo’s try tonight for the Orioles. Gallardo was somewhat of a hot commodity after a hot run with the Texas Rangers. There was speculation that he was going to be trade bait at the deadline, but the Rangers held on to me, only to lose him in the offseason at the end of his contract. It would have been in the Rangers best interest to get something for him when he was pitching so well.
Pitcher Chris Young was an integral part to the Royals’ World Series last season. He is going to be overlooked, but the likes of Young and Edison Volquez were the true heroes of that championship for the Royals. Baseball fans other than the Royals will probably forget those two names, but they will forever be etched in Royals’ history. I thought that Young was going to hit a wall eventually in the postseason in October, but he kept going and worked his tail off for this Royals club. He gets the call tonight.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals
Yovani Gallardo (1-0, 5.63 ERA) vs. Chris Young (0-3, 7.90 ERA)
That wall never came for Chris Young in the postseason. He’s been pitching since 2004 and played arguably played the best baseball of his career. Young concluded the regular season with an ERA of 3.06 and then rode his hot harm in the playoffs. However, is 2016 going to be that wall for him? He’s been a bit of a loose cannon thus far, posting a 7.90 ERA in three starts. Both of his rough stars came on the road. In his lone start at home, he did allow just 2 runs on 3 hits against the Mets. His trips to Houston and Oakland were not so forgiving, where he got tattooed pretty good. Young will be seeking his first win of the season tonight.
Gallardo has a win, but hasn’t played his best. He comes into Kansas City with a 5.63 ERA. It is the same story for Gallardo and Young in a sense. Both looked awful in both of their starts on the road, yet solid at home. Gallardo will, of course, not be at home in Baltimore tonight. Note that he allowed 9 runs in total in his last two starts, both on the road. He has had major trouble with his velocity and command. Gallardo has only 9 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched. This price makes no sense to me. The way I see it, the Royals should be larger favorites. I’m going to try and take advantage of this and make a play on the Royals for Friday night’s pick.
PICK: ROYALS TO WIN -117