The Kansas City Royals are a professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. They compete in the American League Central division and have won five World Series championships (1985, 2014-16). The team was founded on June 5, 1969.

The “royals over under wins 2022” is a prediction that the Kansas City Royals will win more games than they lose in the upcoming season.

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The Kansas City Royals and the Colorado Rockies will face battle in game two of their interleague series at Coors Field, where runs are usually at a premium in the thin air of the Rocky Mountains, after a low-scoring football game on Friday night. It’s almost time for a sneak peak at our MLB odds series, where we’ll reveal our Royals-Rockies forecast and choice.

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With runs down around the MLB to begin the 2022 season, no one would have noticed in Denver on Friday, as both clubs combined for 24 runs in a 14-10 Royals win. Kansas City moves to 11-19 on the season with the victory, and will aim to win the series tonight with a strong performance from RHP Carlos Hernandez and his inflated 7.15 ERA.

The Rockies’ once-promising start to the season seems to be all but over, as they are now on a five-game losing streak. German Marquez, who has a 0-3 record and a 6.47 ERA, will want to change that trend.

Here are the Royals-Rockies MLB odds, courtesy of FanDuel:

MLB odds: Royals vs. Rockies

+1.5 for the Kansas City Royals (-125)

-1.5 (+104) Colorado Rockies

Over: 11.5 (-105)

Under: 11.5 (-115)

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Why the Royals Have a Chance to Cover the Spread

While an 11-19 record isn’t likely to enthuse Royals supporters, the fact that they’ve scored at least eight runs in two of their previous three games may provide some encouragement. All of it came together perfectly on Friday, as Kansas City smacked an unbelievable 18 hits while first baseman Hunter Dozier went 5-5 with four runs scored. KC accomplished what they needed to do against a sinking Rockies team, despite the pitching surrendering ten runs and keeping things a bit too close for comfort.

If the Royals can increase Marquez’s pitch count and make him leave the game early, Kansas City will be able to target a weak Colorado bullpen.

The Royals are statistically towards the bottom of the league in terms of offense, but there is nothing like Coors Field to help a struggling lineup burst out in the most explosive manner conceivable. The Royals have now scored 106 runs in their last three games, which is still only good for 29th in baseball.

Kansas City’s pitching hasn’t fared much better, as they have the fourth-highest ERA at 4.47 and are allowing opponents to hit.256 against them. To make things even more complicated, the Royals will send out a pitcher who has never faced the Rockies in his career, including never pitching at Coors Field. Hernandez has yet to allow fewer than three runs in any of his five appearances and is coming off his worst start of the season, allowing six runs on seven hits in four innings against the Orioles.

Why the Rockies Might Be able to Cover the Spread

If you’re a Rockies fan or have followed the club closely over the years, you’ve probably observed that they’re the greatest team in baseball throughout the month of April and even halfway through May before the June slump hits them like a ton of bricks. In this instance, the slump may be occurring a little sooner than predicted, since the Rockies have been slipping and are presently precisely at.500. Colorado seemed to be on the rise with a 16-11 record only a week ago, but bad performance in series against the D-Backs and Giants has put a stop to those high hopes.

The Rockies’ game has been defined by the resurrection of first baseman C.J. Cron, who leads the National League with nine home runs and leads the club with 22 RBIs in 123 at-bats. On Friday, Cron went 3-5 with a double against the Royals.

The Rockies are no strangers to scoring, having scored 143 times in team history, but their pitching has been their downfall in the first month and a half of the 2022 season.

Despite the troubles to start the season, Marquez, the team’s lone All-Star from a year ago, has the talent and throwing repertoire to be a legitimate ace in this league. Marquez last faced the Royals in 2017, when he threw six innings and surrendered just two runs.

Final Royals-Rockies Prediction & Pick

To be honest, choosing between these games is incredibly difficult. Because both teams are simply too erratic to put your trust in them, the pitching showdown seems to be the only reasonable place to start. The Rockies should be able to end their losing run and cover the spread at home in front of their fans with Hernandez pitching at Coors Field for the first time and Marquez apparently regaining his footing in his previous start against Arizona.

Royals-Rockies final Rockies -1.5 (+104) is my pick.

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