Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.34 ERA) and Ross Detwiler (1-3, 5.15 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Kansas City Royals (74-68) and the Oakland Athletics (60-82) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 7:15 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 12 and can be seen on CSCA and FSKC.
Gee pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs and striking out two in a 10-3 win over the Twins. Eric Hosmer (.277, 75 Rs, 23 HRs, 91 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Detwiler went 3.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out two and walking two in a 10-7 defeat to the Angels in his most recent start. Khris Davis (.246, 73 Rs, 35 HRs, 86 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
In their last game, the Athletics lost by a margin of one run. The Royals are 21-20 in one-run games. The Athletics have a 22-23 record in close games.
Oakland has won 36% (20-35) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Kansas City has won 48% (29-32) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Royals have a 23-24 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 10-48. The Athletics have a 16-65 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Kansas City ranks 26th with 131 homers and Oakland is 23rd with 145.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 346 this season. Oakland ranks near the bottom at 28th with 365.
The Royals are 52-38 when they hit at least one home run. The Athletics perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 44-43 record.