Pittsburgh Pirates at Kansas City Royals - 9/12/20 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates at Kansas City Royals - 9/12/20 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates (14-27) at Kansas City Royals (17-28)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 7:05 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)

Trevor Williams (1-6) (5.80) vs. Carlos Hernandez (0-0) (1.42)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -137 / Pittsburgh Pirates +127 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals meet Saturday in MLB action at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Pirates have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Pirates have lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Adam Frazier leads the Pirates with 35 hits and 15 RBI while Erik Gonzalez and Josh Bell have combined for 66 hits and 35 RBI. Trevor Williams gets the ball, and he is 1-6 with a 5.80 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. This will be Williams’ first career game against the Royals.

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The Kansas City Royals look for a win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Royals have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last nine games. The Royals have won four of their last six games when scoring four or more runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 49 hits and 26 RBI while Maikel Franco and Adalberto Mondesi have combined for 82 hits and 42 RBI. Carlos Hernandez gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 1.42 ERA and four strikeouts this season. This will be Hernandez’s first career game against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 18-38 in their last 56 road games, 7-19 in their last 26 Saturday games and 18-38 in their last 56 overall. The Royals are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite, 7-19 in their last 26 interleague home games and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The under is 3-0-1 in Pirates last 4 overall. The under is 4-1 in Royals last 5 overall. The Pirates are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Kansas City.

Trevor Williams has allowed 21 earned runs and 37 hits in his last 32 innings while Carlos Hernandez has allowed one run and five hits through 6.1 innings on the season. We still don't know much about Hernandez considering he's pitched just 6.1 innings in the majors. With that said, I'm not running to the window to bet on Williams or the Pirates. Instead, give me the over. Williams can get hit hard and the Royals offense has been impressive this week. We should see some fireworks in this contest. 

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