In the first of a three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (67-72) and the Kansas City Royals (83-56) at Camden Yards, Mike Wright (2-4, 5.19 ERA) and Danny Duffy (7-7, 4.17 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 11 and will air on FSKC and MASN.
In his last start, Wright pitched 4.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays. Chris Davis (.260, 81 Rs, 41 HRs, 104 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again Wednesday, going 2 for 2 with two RBIs. The Royals were also unsuccessful the last time Duffy pitched. He did not do well, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 6-1 loss to the White Sox. Lorenzo Cain (.312, 89 Rs, 14 HRs, 65 RBIs, 27 SBs) went 1 for 3 Wednesday with one RBI.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Orioles are a power hitting team with 184 home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Baltimore's pitching staff will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent struggles. The Orioles have given up an average of 5.8 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.2 runs per game. The Orioles don't give up many walks to opposing batters at Camden Yards, ranking fourth in the AL with only 2.4 walks allowed per home game.
The Royals have racked up 93 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Kansas City pitchers. They allowed 5.3 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 3.8. They also allow just 8.4 hits per game, good for fifth in the AL.
The Royals are 3-1 against the Orioles this season. This game will feature Duffy (LHP) on the mound against the Orioles, who have an 18-18 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Wright will take the mound against the Royals. Against righty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 57-32 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC
The Royals lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Orioles are 19-24. The Royals are 22-14 in close games this season.
The Orioles are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 7-15 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Orioles are 11-53. The Royals have a 12-47 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 113 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fourth with 184.
Ranking 11th, Baltimore is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.49 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at third with 9.26.
Ranking 12th, Baltimore is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.728). Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .736.
The Royals are 38-41 when they allow at least one home run. The Orioles perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 39-52 record.