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Mets-Royals Highlights Opening Day Sked

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It took five games for the Kansas City Royals to cast aside the New York Mets in last season’s World Series and the Major League Baseball schedule makers took no time to pit the two against one another in 2016.

Shark Bites
  • The Royals were 13-7 in 20 interleague games in 2015 while the Mets were 9-11.
  • Harvey was 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA in four interleague starts last season.
  • Current Mets hitters are a combined .226 versus Volquez in the regular season.

Online hop Bovada currently has the Royals at -105 in moneyline markets while the Mets are currently -115. The total is tabbed at 7.5 with either side presently priced at -115.

Sunday’s pitching matchup features Matt Harvey for the Mets and Edinson Volquez for the home team. Harvey started Game 5 at Citi Field and pitched eight scoreless innings before convincing manager Terry Collins to leave him in.

Things did not go well in that ninth inning as Lorenzo Cain walked and Eric Hosmer doubled him home leading to Harvey finally getting yanked. The damage was done, however, as the Royals eventually went on to win Game 5 7-2 and clinch the World Series.

Kansas City’s starter for that memorable November 1 game? Volquez. Volquez made two starts in the World Series, throwing 12 innings and allowing just four earned runs. He did not factor in the decision in either contest but the Royals did defeat the Mets both time.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Kansas City Royals were listed as 100 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 7 earlier at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 5.4-2.7 win for the Royals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

New York Mets vs Kansas City Royals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Kansas City Royals sport a record of 106-72 heading into this matchup, while the New York Mets sit at 98-78 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas City vs New York injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 19 (Kansas City Royals) and the No. 14 (New York Mets) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Kansas City has baseball's No. 5-rated offensive output, at 9.23 hits per game. The New York Mets average 8.27 hits per game, good for No. 27 on the list.

Comparing defensive stats, New York owns the No. 6-rated road mark, allowing 3.95 runs per game on the highway. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • NY Mets is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets's last 5 games
  • NY Mets is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 15 of NY Mets's last 21 games on the road
  • Kansas City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games
  • Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New York at Kansas City, Tuesday, April 5th

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