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Orioles vs Royals Game 3 MLB Playoff Picks & Odds October 13, 2014

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After more late-game heroics in Games 1 and 2 of their ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles, the Kansas City Royals now in a spot just two wins from their first American League pennant since 1985. They could get the initial of these two wins in Game 3, with starter Jeremy Guthrie taking the mound against his former team.
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The Royals will take all the quality Moose they can get in October and worry about 2015 later.

For the 2nd game in a row, the Baltimore Orioles starters couldn’t get after dark fifth inning and for the second-straight game, their bullpen wasn’t quite good enough to close the door in the final innings.

Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen could be the next to take the ball hoping of ending that unwanted streak, but he didn’t fare too well himself in his first postseason start against the Tigers in Game 2 of the ALDS. Chen lasted just 3.2 innings after stopping five runs and two earned runs. This was after Chen finished the normal season on a higher, posting a 2.05 ERA in September.Encouragingly for the O’s, Chen faced the Royals twice in 2010, and came away victorious in both instances. Chen went 12.1 innings, gave up just three total earned runs in those two starts.

Chen needs to have his share of run support, with the O’s averaging just over six runs per game in the postseason. The big bats of Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones do have more than done their share, with Cruz on a talent of five-straight playoff games with two hits, while Adam Jones launched his first postseason home run in the Game 2 loss.

The incredible playoff run of the Kansas City Royals continues to roll on with a supplementary dose of dramatics. Last Saturday’s 6-4 win was just their second game which hasn’t gone onto extra innings this postseason, but it had been the fifth amount of time in six games where they’ve scored at least one run in the ninth inning or later.

The Royals’out-of-nowhere power surge has additionally maintained going. Mike Moustakas, who hit just 15 homers in the normal season, has two in two games and the team has eight as a whole this postseason. Meanwhile, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer continue to swing hot bats with eight and seven playoff hits, respectively.

Kansas City’s normally dependable starters have surrendered four runs apiece in the initial two games, but their excellent bullpen once more shut the door on the O’s. After stopping two runs in Game 1, the Royals’relievers redeemed themselves with 3.1 shutout innings in Game 2.

Game 3 starter Jeremy Guthrie is a workhorse (he went 202.5 innings this season) but only Justin Verlander pitched more innings and had a greater ERA than Guthrie’s 4.13 ERA. Guthrie didn’t have much success against the Orioles in both games he faced them. He went 15 innings, but gave up six earned runs on 11 hits as he took losing on both occasions.

The Royals’run of good luck finally involves an result in Game 3. Take the O’s (-103) on the road. Produce a betting account now whilst the MLB playoffs creeps closer to the World Series.

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