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World Series Game 1 Betting Preview

Kansas City Royals Ben Zobrist

The New York Mets and Kansas City Royals are both in the World Series, and that is pretty much where the similarities end. The Kansas City Royals immerged last season as the darkhorse to become one of the most dominant teams in baseball this season. The New York Mets surprised many by winning the NL East over the surprisingly stale Washington Nationals.

Shark Bites
  • Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will play in Game 1, despite not being 100 percent.
  • The Mets and Royals have only met three times this decade, with KC winning a three-game series 2013.
  • Mets 2B Daniel Murphy has hit a home run in six consecutive games.

The Royals have made their way back to their second consecutive World Series thanks to a combination of solid, yet unspectacular pitching, and small ball. Kansas City was third in baseball in batting average and second in hits during the regular season, but finished 24th in home runs.

Despite a career that has spanned 11 years and six different teams, Edinson Volquez will be making his first ever start in the World Series Tuesday. The Royals have turned to Volquez in hopes that he can produce a good outing, as he's been marred by inconsistencies this season.

The Mets put the MLB on notice when they opened the season 13-3, including an astounding 10-game winning streak within the first three weeks of the season. New York has made it this far on the back of their young pitchers and an offense that has gone off the rails after the All-Star game.

There were concerns about Matt Harvey’s performance in the postseason with so much press around his innings-limit in the regular season, but those were unheeded. The Mets Game 1 starter is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 16 strikeouts so far this postseason. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those betting on the visitors in this one found the New York Mets listed as favorites of -115 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7.5, check for odds updates at MyBookie.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Royals to win this game 5.1-4.6. 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

101-71 Kansas City battles the Mets, currently with a 97-74 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas City vs New York injuries news.

The Kansas City Royals sit at No. 19 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the New York Mets sit at No. 14 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting New York Mets rank No. 26 at 8.31 hits per game. That compares with the Kansas City Royals No. 3 ranking in that category.

Comparing defensive stats, New York owns the No. 5-rated road mark, allowing 3.91 runs per game on the highway. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Mets grabbed a win last time out, defeating J Hammel and the Cubs 8-3 on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

 

Betting Trends
  • NY Mets is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of NY Mets's last 13 games
  • NY Mets is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 13 of NY Mets's last 19 games on the road
  • Kansas City is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing NY Mets
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing NY Mets

Next Betting Matchups

New York at Kansas City, Wednesday, October 28th

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