Jay Biggerstaff, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Brad Keller
Betting odds: Kansas City Royals at Pittsburgh Pirates
- Over/Under: 7.5
- First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. ET
- Probable Pitchers: Brad Keller (8-6, 3.04 ERA) vs. Joe Musgrove (6-9, 3.87 ERA)
Zylbert’s 2018 MLB Over/Under Betting Record: 95-66-4, +22.20 units
Yesterday’s Result: Twins-Royals Under 8.5, Gibson vs. Junis (loss)
*Each bet graded as if it were to win 1 unit
The Royals may be headed to their first 100-loss season in more than a decade, but there are one or two promising pieces in Kansas City. One silver lining for Ned Yost has been the unexpected rise of Keller, a rookie reliever-turned-starter.
The 23-year-old entered the pitching rotation at the end of May and hasn’t looked back, making 18 starts. In all but four of them, the right-hander gave up three runs or fewer.
Overall, he’s pieced together a very nice freshman campaign, going 8-6 with a 3.04 ERA. Perhaps the most impressive stat in Keller’s portfolio is the fact that he’s allowed just seven home runs in his 127.1 innings this season.