Milwaukee Brewers vs. Kansas City Royals Free Preview

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The Milwaukee Brewers will take on the Kansas City Royals at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The game gets underway 8:15 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Kansas City will showcase this interleague showdown.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Kansas City Royals Odds

Milwaukee (-130) is entering this game as the favorite against Kansas City (+120) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this night game at 9 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total sit at -115 for the over and -105 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the runline odds sitting at +115 for the Brewers -1.5 runs and -135 for the Royals +1.5.

The Brewers are 15-9 SU and are 13-10 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 5.5 units for moneyline bettors in the season’s early going and 2.4 units ATS. The Royals, on the other hand, are 5-16 SU and 9-11 ATS. The team has lost 8.6 units for moneyline bettors and 5.9 units ATS.

Royals games have an 8-11-1 over/under record so far in 2018. The Brewers have an over/under record of 10-13.

Jhoulys Chacin will get the start for the visiting Brewers. The right-handed Chacin is 1-1 with a 4.18 ERA and 16 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Royals this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 2.57 ERA and six strikeouts across seven innings).

The Royals will turn to righty Jason Hammel (0-1, 3.20 ERA), who has 16 strikeouts and seven walks as well as a WHIP of 1.18. Hammel did not record a start against the Brewers in 2017.

As a unit, Kansas City’s pitching staff has given up 5.6 runs per game overall in 2018. The club’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.11, a WHIP of 1.26 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.1. The bullpen has a 7.26 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 6.9 K/9.

The Kansas City hitters have put up 3.3 runs per outing, including 3.8 per game over its last 10 games and 3.8 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .240/.318/.371 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Royals’ offense has been led by third baseman Mike Moustakas and right fielder Jorge Soler. Moustakas is slashing .307/.337/.591 with six home runs, 17 RBIs and 12 runs scored, and Soler’s line is .273/.406/.400 with 15 hits, two RBIs and five runs scored.

Compared to his overall season slash line of .144/.245/.258, Soler performed well at home last season, slashing .213/.302/.404 across 53 plate appearances.

In the other dugout, Milwaukee’s pitching staff allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starters own a 3.90 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 6.93 K/9. The bullpen has managed an excellent ERA of just 2.56, along with a K/9 of 10.61.

Brewers hitters have slashed .248/.322/.405 on their way to 4.1 runs scored per game this season, including 5.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (5-0 SU).

Milwaukee’s hitters have been powered by outfielder Lorenzo Cain and third baseman Travis Shaw. Cain is slashing .316/.421/.506 with 25 hits, eight RBIs, 16 runs and five stolen bases, while Shaw is hitting .291/.390/.547 with 25 hits, five homers, 13 RBIs and 16 runs scored.

The Brewers have gained 4.5 units and are 9-7 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to nine that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Royals have lost 8.2 units and are 5-6 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in four of those games, compared to six that went under the total.

Milwaukee Brewers at Kansas City Royals Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Brewers, ATS Winner – Brewers, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in four of Kansas City’s last seven games.
  • Kansas City has recorded 21.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 20.6 over its last five.
  • The Brewers have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.