In the first of a two-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (51-65) and the Kansas City Royals (71-46) at the Great American Ball Park, Raisel Iglesias (3-4, 4.70 ERA) and Edinson Volquez (11-7, 3.27 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 18 and will air on FSKC and FSOH.
In his last start, Iglesias pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 7-3 victory over the Padres. Joey Votto (.310, 66 Rs, 21 HRs, 58 RBIs, 7 SBs) played well again Sunday, going 2 for 3. The Royals were unsuccessful to the Tigers 7-4 the last time Volquez pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing five runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking two. Eric Hosmer (.319, 73 Rs, 14 HRs, 71 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 2 Sunday with one run and one RBI.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Reds have an SU record of 6-11 against the American League. The Reds are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with an MLB-high 110 steals.
Against NL opponents, the Royals are 11-6 SU. Kansas City is the top road hitting team in the AL with an average of 9.2 hits per contest. Kansas City is a terror on the base paths, ranking fifth in the MLB with 78 stolen bases. Playing competition from the NL really brings the best out of the Kansas City pitchers. They allow 2.9 runs per game against teams in the NL, which is lower than their season average of 3.7.
The previous two games have all gone Kansas City's way. The Reds will take on a right-hander (Volquez) in this game and have a 39-49 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Royals will be the right-hander Iglesias. Right-handed starters haven't been a big issue for them as they sport a 48-28 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cin
The Royals won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Reds are 17-23. The Royals are 19-11 in close games this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Reds are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Royals have a 26-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
It looks like the Royals have a slight leg up on the Reds, as the Royals have won their last three games while the Reds have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 40-16. The Royals have a 56-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 457 this season. Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 513.
Ranking 29th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 262 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 355.
The Reds are 43-32 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Royals are 48-18 when they hit at least one homer.