If this were a college football bowl game, this would be the GoDaddy Bowl or the Boca who gives an eff bowl. Actually, the Royals and Orioles are well below the .500 mark, so I don’t think they’d be going bowling in any bowl. It’s been a disappointing year for both of these ball clubs, as they struggle to keep up early in May. For the Royals, it’s been a quick fall from grace. From a World Series, and the best bullpen in baseball, to one of the worst records and bullpen.
They say defense wins you championships in football. Well in baseball, bullpens win championships. The Royals had an auto-out bullpen a few years ago but they’ve fallen off the wagon in that regard. It was a good run for the Royals, though, and well worth the rebuilding process they must go through now. Royals’ fans had to deal with a losing ballclub for years and they were finally able to breakthrough. It’s more than the Tigers can say who opened up their wallet and paid out some hefty contracts to get a World Series. The Royals didn’t break the bank and still won a championship.
The Royals are certainly saving some money on the payroll at the moment, but the results aren’t nearly as impressive on the diamond. Baltimore have yet to get over the hump and it’s definitely not going to happen in 2018. The team is currently on a six-game losing streak after getting swept by the Angels and Athletics, all losses coming on the road. The road trip dropped the Orioles to 8-26. The Royals come in with a record of 11-23. Head below for our free Royals vs. Orioles pick.
K.C. Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick
Danny Duffy (0-4, 5.63 ERA) vs. Dylan Bundy (1-4, 3.76 ERA)
Danny Duffy has really been on the fence of being a terrific pitcher to a lousy pitcher in his career. If it weren’t for injuries, I think we might be talking about Duffy has a terrific pitcher. Outside of hardcore baseball fans, and Royals’ fans, there aren’t too many people who know who Duffy is. Despite that fact, he’s been a good pitcher when he’s been healthy.
In his last four seasons, he has never been able to get more than 30 starts in a year. Three out of the four years, Duffy held an ERA below 4.00. He hit a career-high in 2014 with an ERA of 2.53. He was fine last season, as he finished with an ERA of 3.81. However, his numbers are beginning to slip in 2018. He’s already had seven starts, so on the injury front that’s been A-OK thus far.
Duffy hasn’t had a win yet and his numbers have been regressing since the opening pitch of the season. He currently holds a 5.63 ERA. In his last three outings, he has gotten ripped for a 7.79 ERA and 1.73 WHIP. In each of those appearances he surrendered at least 4 runs.
Note that Bundy hasn’t been shining too bright lately either, though. Bundy enters with a 7.80 ERA in his last three starts. He’s been good at home, posting an ERA of 3.65, however. The odds in this game look ripe for a trap. The Orioles, an 8-26 club are -150 on the moneyline? I think the oddsmakers are looking for Royal money tonight. The Orioles should be able to break this losing streak at home after a brutal stretch on the road.