In the last of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (11-6) and the Baltimore Orioles (11-5) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Yordano Ventura (1-0, 2.81 ERA) and Mike Wright (1-1, 5.73 ERA) get the start. The Orioles won the last game 8-3, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 2:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 24 and will air on MAS2 and FSKC.
In his most recent outing, Ventura pitched 5.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking three in an 8-6 victory over the Tigers. Eric Hosmer (.299, 7 Rs, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Orioles were unsuccessful against the Blue Jays 4-3 the last time Wright pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking three. Manny Machado (.397, 15 Rs, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Orioles, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds are Kansas City -150 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 9 at the moment.
The Orioles are known for their power, smashing 27 home runs. The Orioles average just 9.9 strikeouts per road game, one of the lowest marks in the AL. The Baltimore pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging 5.9 strikeouts per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL
Kansas City has won 67% (4-2) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Baltimore has won 75% (6-2) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Orioles are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Royals have a 2-3 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 8-2. The Orioles have an 8-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Kansas City has earned 64 this season. Baltimore ranks ninth with 80 runs.
Ranking 27th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 43 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top half at 14th with 53.
The Royals are 9-4 when they hit at least one home run. The Orioles perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with an 8-5 record.