Danny Duffy (6-6, 4.18 ERA) and Miguel Gonzalez (9-9, 4.73 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Kansas City Royals (76-48) and the Baltimore Orioles (62-62) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Orioles lost the last game 8-3, continuing a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and can be seen on FSKC and MAS2.
Duffy pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking two in a 4-1 defeat to the Red Sox. Lorenzo Cain (.310, 77 Rs, 12 HRs, 56 RBIs, 24 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Gonzalez went 5.0 innings, surrendering seven runs, striking out five and walking two in a 15-2 defeat to the Twins in his most recent start. Manny Machado (.296, 77 Rs, 25 HRs, 62 RBIs, 16 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Kansas City is a -135 favorite against Baltimore and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Royals have recorded an overall money line of +2,410 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 43-23. Kansas City is an impressive 5-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Kansas City is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 83 bases. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play Kansas City. The Royals are one of the top teams when it comes to pitching, allowing just 3.5 runs per home game.
In games where it is the underdog, Baltimore has a 22-30 record and an overall money line of -439. The Orioles can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fourth in the league with 162 home runs.
The Royals have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Royals have a great 28-12 record at home (51-28 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Gonzalez takes the mound. Duffy (LHP) will be on the hill against the Orioles, who have a 17-12 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
Baltimore has won 57% (24-18) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Kansas City has won 66% (31-16) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Orioles are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 46-34 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Orioles are 10-44. The Royals have an 11-39 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 26th when it comes to home runs, hitting 98 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fourth with 162.
Ranking seventh, Baltimore is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.65 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at third with 9.18.
Kansas City and Baltimore both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Kansas City sits at 10th with an OPS of .732 and Baltimore ranks ninth with an OPS of .734.
When the Orioles allow at least one home run, they are 35-43. When the Royals allow one or more homers, they have a 35-33 record.