Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Johnny Cueto (9-8, 2.70 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (77-48) go up against Wei-Yin Chen (7-6, 3.13 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (62-63) in the third of a four-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Orioles lost the last game 3-2, extending a six-game losing streak. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 26 and will air on FSKC and MAS2.
In his last start, Cueto pitched 6.0 innings, giving up six runs (one unearned) and striking out three in a 7-2 loss to the Red Sox. Lorenzo Cain (.310, 78 Rs, 12 HRs, 56 RBIs, 24 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. The Orioles were unsuccessful to the Twins 4-3 the last time Chen pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out three and walking two.
Kansas City, a -171 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Baltimore. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. The Royals perform well as a favorite with a 44-23 record and have an overall money line of +2,510. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (6-1). The Royals are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 83 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, the Kansas City pitching staff and defense is very good at home, only giving up 3.4 runs per game. The Royals are fifth in the AL in walks allowed at home with just 2.6 per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Orioles come into this game with a win percentage of .415 when playing as the underdog (22-31) and an overall money line of -539. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 4-6 SU and have a poor 0-1 record when they were an underdog to win. Baltimore is one of the top home-run-hitting teams in the league with 162 home runs.
The previous two games have all gone Kansas City's way. The Royals will take on a left-hander (Chen) in this game and have a 24-20 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Orioles will be the right-hander Cueto. They sport a 45-50 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Orioles lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Royals are 21-11. The Orioles are 17-23 in close games this season.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Orioles have a 37-40 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
The Royals are coming into the game with four consecutive wins, while the Orioles currently have a losing streak of six.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 45-13. The Royals have a 61-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total runs this season, Kansas City ranks ninth with 548 runs and Baltimore is eighth with 549.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 282 this season. Baltimore ranks near the bottom at 26th with 300.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 53-20, well-matched with the Orioles who are 55-33 when hitting one or more homers.