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Thursday, March 31, 2016

MLB : Mets-Royals in Season Opener

After butting heads in the 2015 World Series, the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets will meet again Sunday night (8:30 PM ET, ESPN) in the 2016 season-opener for both teams. Kansas City beat the Mets in five games to win the Fall Classic for the first time since 1985. This year, New York (+1200) is a step above the Royals (+1400) on the World Series futures market.

Edinson Volquez will be the Opening Day pitcher for the home side. Volquez enjoyed something of a renaissance in Kansas City, posting a 3.82 FIP and topping the 200-inning mark for the first time, but he's still not as dominant as he was during his 2008 rookie campaign with the Cincinnati Reds.

New York will respond with Matt Harvey (3.05 FIP), who was brilliant last year in his return from Tommy John surgery. However, Harvey's brilliance only translated to a 17-12 team record and 1.27 betting units in profit during the regular season, and the Mets' bullpen coughed up both of Harvey's starts during the World Series. Volquez, who dueled with Harvey in both games, was good for 9.43 units last year on a team record of 22-11.

MLB : Mets-Royals in Season Opener

MLB : Harvey, Volquez Meet Again in Mets-Royals Opener
Matt Harvey and Edinson Volquez will renew acquaintances this Sunday (8:30 PM ET, ESPN) when the New York Mets visit the Kansas City Royals on Opening Night. They met twice in the 2015 World Series, with the Royals winning both games and claiming their first championship in 30 years.

After a somewhat disappointing offseason, the Royals (+1400) have fallen behind the Mets (+1200) on the 2016 World Series futures market. They'll also be without starting outfielder Jarrod Dyson (.691 OPS, 26 SB last year) until mid-April because of a strained oblique.

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