User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools
 
Preview: Orioles (57-46) at Royals (53-50)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Date: July 23, 2013 8:10 PM EDT
  

The Baltimore Orioles' only defeat during their latest surge came in Jason Hammel's most recent start, which isn't much of a surprise given his nearly two-month winless stretch.

Hammel looks to begin his second half on a high note as visiting Baltimore tries to extend its season-best winning streak to six against the slumping Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

The Orioles (57-43) have been on a tear of late, beating the Royals 9-2 in Monday's series opener for their eighth victory in nine tries. J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer and Chris Davis, who leads the majors with 97 RBIs, added a two-run double as each drove in three runs.

Advertisement

Seven players had multi-hit games as Baltimore matched its season high with 18 hits.

"The way we're swinging the bats, we know that if one guy doesn't do it, the next will do it," Davis said.

Baltimore's last defeat came July 13, when Hammel allowed six runs and 10 hits over six innings of a 7-3 loss to Toronto.

Hammel (7-6, 5.24 ERA) hasn't won since beating Washington on May 27, going 0-4 with a 5.59 ERA over his past eight starts - seven of which have been Orioles losses.

He surrendered another homer in his most recent outing, pushing his total to 19 after allowing nine in 20 starts last season.

"I am not throwing sliders for strikes. Not throwing curveballs where I want them. Changeup is non-existent. I'm beating myself right now,' Hammel said. "I'm better than this. And it's on my shoulders. It's on nobody else's. It's fixable.'

Manager Buck Showalter is confident the right-hander can get back on track.

"He's pitched some good games,' Showalter said. "I think it bodes well for the rest of the season because he's capable of better and I think his best games are ahead of him.'

Hammel had gone 0-2 with a 7.63 ERA in three starts versus the Royals while in the NL before striking out seven in six scoreless innings of an 8-2 win May 25, 2012. He'll seek a similar effort against a Kansas City team that has dropped seven of nine after Monday's loss.

The Royals (45-51) have averaged only 2.4 runs during their slump. They'll look to improve on that production for Bruce Chen, who will be making his second start after 19 relief appearances.

Chen (3-0, 2.04) replaced the struggling Luis Mendoza in the rotation before the All-Star break and allowed one hit and struck out four over six innings July 12, but the Royals fell to Cleveland 3-0.

"I'm very happy with the way I pitched,' said Chen, who went 11-14 with a 5.07 ERA in 34 starts last season. "I did everything I could to help us win."

Manager Ned Yost acknowledged Chen likely could have remained in the game, but the left-hander hadn't pitched more than 4 2-3 innings prior to that outing.

"Bruce really threw the ball well for us,' Yost said. "I suppose he could have gone longer, but realistically, he had done his job. He threw six strong innings.'

Chen, who spent 2004-06 with Baltimore, pitched two scoreless innings against his former team in Kansas City's 5-3 loss May 8.

He's 2-3 with a 5.52 ERA in six career starts versus the Orioles. Nick Markakis, who had three hits in Monday's opener, is 8 for 16 with three doubles and a homer against Chen.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Orioles at Royals
Mon, Jul 22 Final 9 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Orioles at Royals
Tue, Jul 23 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Orioles at Royals
Wed, Jul 24 Final 3 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Orioles at Royals
Thu, Jul 25 Final 1 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 BAL  +100   +160   8.5 
 KAN  -110   -180   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 BAL  -103   +150   9 
 KAN  -107   -170   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 BAL  69%   86%   62% 
 KAN  31%   14%   38% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 9 Cover: +100 
 KAN 2 Over: 11 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 9, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 6 Cover: +104 
 BAL 2 Under: 8 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 8, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 3 Under: 8 
 BAL 5 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 3 Under: 7 
 BAL 4 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Tuesday, Jul 23
 
    Dodgers at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Giants
7:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Yankees at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Orioles at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Marlins at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Cubs at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Twins at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Giants at Reds
10:05 PM EDT
    Indians at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!