Royal pain for baseball National League teams playing Kansas City

Jul 1, 2008 6:58 PM

Between the Lines baseball betting tips by Kevin Stott | The least runs in the AL. A losing record both at home and on the road. Last place in their division all year up until last Wednesday night. Of course the Kansas City Royals had one of the best interleague records (13-5) in all of baseball.

And kudos to the Senior Circuit for dominating once again this season. Now go out and win the All-Star Game and the World Series like you’re supposed to…

Speaking of the Midsummer Classic (Tuesday, July 15, Yankee Stadium), what are the chances of an all-Ohio starting pitcher’s duel in it? The Reds’ Edinson Volquez (10-3, 1.71 ERA) has been all that and a can of Skyline Chili while the Indians’ Cliff Lee (11-1, 2.34) has made his mama proud so far this season.

And as ironic as the Royals flushing their Junior Circuit opponents, Volquez’s Redlegs and Lee’s Tribe both sit comfortable at then bottom of their respective divisions – the Indians supplanting the aforementioned Royals in the basement, at least for the time being, on Wednesday night.

The lesson? Beware of the bottom-feeders boy. And in the words of the late, great comedian George Carlin: "Women like silent men. They think they’re listening."

Started Monday, June 30

Nationals at Marlins (M-W): Washington is the worst team in the NL (33-50) and the worst in MLB in batting average (.238), RBI (277) and runs (292).

The Fighting Fish, like the Braves, now believe they can win the East with the Phils and Mets and off to mediocre starts. But, avoid Redding if he starts or back him (14-2 when he pitches now!). MARLINS.

Phillies at Braves (Tue-Thu): Philly’s phalling apart lately, losing nine of 11 at this writing and being outscored 48-31 in the process. Atlanta (28-14) has the NL’s second-best home slate and is back in the race thanks to the Phils’ recent slide. BRAVES.

BONUS: TWINS over Tigers, POLITE over Rude, MUSTARD over Ketchup.

Starts Thursday, July 3

Nationals at Reds (Thu-Sun): Four-games against the g-Nats you like to see – and with Volquez, Cueto and new-newbie Daryl Thompson on Cincy’s staff – Red’s my favorite color now. As with the above, avoid Redding start for Nats or side with him. REDS.

Indians at Twins (Fri-Sun): Minnesota has quietly been playing its’ best ball of the season, winning 11 of 12 that included a 10-game winning streak against NL teams and gaining on the Chisox.

Cleveland, on the other hand, had the MLB’s second-worst average (.244) went a pitiful 6-12 IL and hve lost five of their last seven. TWINS.

Dodgers at Giants (Fri-Sun): They met to open up the season at Chavez Ravine and all three games (5-0, 3-2, 2-1) went way under, averaging just 4.3 runs per game, something one would expect from a Dodgers-Giants game. For sure, expect more of the same in this matchup. UNDER.

BONUS: BRAVES over Astros, TIGERS over M’s, FEAR over Hope, JULY over June.