Kris Medlen (1-0, 2.51 ERA) and Ubaldo Jimenez (9-7, 3.97 ERA) take the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Kansas City Royals (75-48) and the Baltimore Orioles (62-60) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 24 and can be seen on FSKC and MASN.
Medlen pitched 3.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs and striking out two in a 4-1 defeat to the Red Sox. Eric Hosmer (.317, 76 Rs, 14 HRs, 74 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs. Jimenez went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking four in a 5-4 defeat to the Mets in his most recent start. Manny Machado (.297, 76 Rs, 25 HRs, 62 RBIs, 16 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Kansas City is a -122 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 -268. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-1 record when playing as the underdog. The Orioles can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fourth in the league with 161 home runs.
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 Jimenez takes the mound. Medlen (RHP) will be on the hill against the Orioles, who have a 45-48 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
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 20-11. The Orioles are 17-21 in close games this season.
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 31-16, while Baltimore is 24-18.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Orioles are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Royals have a 6-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Orioles are 10-43. The Royals have an 11-39 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 27th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 97 this season. Baltimore ranks fourth with 161 home runs.
Ranking seventh, Baltimore is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.61 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at third with 9.14.
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 .730 and Baltimore ranks ninth with an OPS of .737.
The Orioles are 35-41 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 34-33 when they allow at least one homer.