Andrew Cashner (4-9, 4.92 ERA) and Yordano Ventura (8-9, 4.46 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Miami Marlins (65-59) and the Kansas City Royals (64-60) at Marlins Park. The Royals come into this series riding an eight-game winning streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and can be seen on FSKC and FSFL.
Cashner pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out one and walking four in a 3-2 defeat to the Reds. Giancarlo Stanton (.244, 52 Rs, 25 HRs, 70 RBIs) had another good game Sunday, going 3 for 5 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Ventura went 6.1 innings, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking two in a 4-1 win over the Tigers in his last outing. Eric Hosmer (.277, 61 Rs, 17 HRs, 73 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 2 Sunday with one run and one RBI.
In their last game, the Royals won by a margin of one run. The Marlins are 18-16 in one-run games. The Royals have a 19-15 record in close games.
When leading after seven innings, Miami is 28-29, while Kansas City is 25-29.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Marlins have a 22-38 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 51-16. The Marlins have a 54-14 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Miami ranks 21st with 528 runs and Kansas City is 25th with 495.
Ranking 24th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.715). Miami ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .738.
The Royals are 41-49 when they allow at least one home run. The Marlins perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 28-36 record.