Nick Markakis (BAL) -120; Alcides Escobar (KC) -110
Nick Markakis is a slight favorite, but he’s struggled in the postseason, having hit just 5-of-23 from the plate, but he still does have 10 total bases and three RBIs. The pick of Markakis goes on the basis of his regular season numbers.
There is that, and the fact that Alcides Escobar has struggled as well. He’s 6-of-28 in the postseason, but has more total bases (12) and eight RBIs. For today’s game, Escobar is the better option, despite being a slight underdog in the odds.
Most Hits, Runs, RBIs
Adam Jones (BAL) -120; Lorenzo Cain (KC) -110
Lorenzo Cain is 6-of-27 in the postseason, with five runs scored and four RBIs. Countering that is Adam Jones with 5-of-21 form the plate, with six runs and three RBIs. Jones is a superior talent and given the fact that both have struggled, it’s just a matter of which player will come out focused and ready to hit the ball. It’s easy to pick the favorite in this one, Adam Jones.
Chen -115; Guthrie -115
Wei-Yin Chen is not really a strikeout pitcher. He had 136 in the regular season in 185.2 innings pitched. Jeremy Guthrie comes in much the same mold, with 124 strikeouts in 202.2 IP. Neither team will likely have the SP go deep into the game, so it’s really a matter of which team comes out better offensively in the early innings.
In a coin flip, Chen is the pick due to a better SO/IP ratio. The only thing hurting his cause is if the Orioles go to the pen early due to Chen struggling in an inning.
Will Adam Jones get 2 or more hits?
Yes (+300); No (-400)
Adam Jones has struggled, but if he gets it going, this is an easy ‘yes.’ Still, let’s go off the precedence he has set here in the postseason and take the ‘no’ on this one. Until Jones proves us wrong, it’s hard to expect his dominance to transpire in this series.