Edinson Volquez (10-10, 5.01 ERA) and Daniel Norris (2-2, 3.86 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (70-65) and the Detroit Tigers (73-62) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 5-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 4 and can be seen on FSKC.
Volquez pitched 3.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking two in a 5-4 defeat to the Yankees. Kendrys Morales (.249, 50 Rs, 22 HRs, 64 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Norris went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking three in an 8-4 win over the White Sox in his last outing. J.D. Martinez (.320, 58 Rs, 19 HRs, 55 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
The Royals sit at 35-18 against their divisional rivals, while the Tigers are 27-28.
The Royals managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are coming in with a 6-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 9-45. The Tigers have an 11-44 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 120 this season. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 177.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 320 this season. Detroit ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 404.
The Royals are 48-36 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Tigers are 59-37 when they hit at least one homer.