**8-1 YTD** Burns' ULTIMATE ANNIHILATOR ~ PAYBACK!: Ben Burns dropped his first "Annihilator" play of the season on Friday, part of a very tough day overall. (These tickets are now 8-1 YTD.) Obviously, he's NOT happy about it. Now, its PAYBACK TIME. Get down right away as Burns is ABSOLUTELY DETERMINED TO AVENGE that loss IMMEDIATELY!
Game: Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals Apr 14 2012 7:10PM
Prediction: Kansas City Royals
Grade: Loser (-135)
Reason: I'm playing on KANSAS CITY. The Indians and Royals square off Saturday afternoon in game 2 of a 3 game set as KC looks to rebound after getting embarassed in game 1 Friday 8-3. The probable pitching matchup has relative unknown Jeanmar Gomez (0-0, .000) facing Jonathan Sanchez (1-0, 3.60). Gomez is 9-8 in his short career having started 21 games in two seasons with Cleveland with an ERA of 4.50, WHIP of 1.55 and opponents avg. of .301. He won the fifth starter spot ahead of veteran Kevin Slowey after having a strong preseason posting an ERA of 1.37. Note that in two career starts against KC last season, Gomez was 1-1 with an ugly 5.69 ERA. Jonathan Sanchez is a left handed horse that the Royals acquired in an offseason trade for Melky Cabrera. Sanchez pitched six seasons in San Francisco with a career record of 39-46, ERA of 4.25, WHIP of 1.39 and opponents avg. of .231. Sanchez had his best season in 2010 with a record of 13-9 and a whopping 193 innings pitched posting an ERA of 3.07, WHIP of 1.23 and opponents avg of .204. So, while his overall numbers aren't going to win any Cy Young awards, he's certainly shown that he can get it done. With six core left handed hitting starters in Cleveland's lineup, there will be a lot of tough matchups for the Tribe on Saturday OR we will see the bench players getting the starts. Either way, I expect a solid effort from Sanchez, The Kansas City offense is young and talented. With the likes of Butler, Hosmer, Francoeur, Gordon and Moustakas in the lineup, the Royals finally have the offensive depth to comptete with the best the American League has to offer. Hosmer was highly touted by scouts as a left handed hitter with raw power resulting in being selected as the third overall pick in the 2008 draft by KC and receiving a 6 million dollar signing bonus. He finished third in rookie of the year balloting in 2011 with a .293 avg. and 19 home runs in 128 games. Experts alike expect big things from Hosmer in 2012 and beyond. With the offense having an off game Friday in the home opener, I see a better effort on Saturday from KC to get the hometown crowd the victory. With the pitching matchup also favoring the home team, I'm backing KC. *9