Danny Duffy (11-2, 3.13 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (74-69) go up against Jharel Cotton (1-0, 1.42 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (61-82) in the second of a four-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Athletics won the last game 16-3, and Oakland leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 13 and will air on CSCA and FSKC.
In his last start, Duffy pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned) and striking out 10 in a 6-5 loss to the Twins. Kendrys Morales (.259, 57 Rs, 27 HRs, 79 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. The Athletics were victorious over the Angels 4-1 the last time Cotton pitched. He went 6.1 innings, allowing one run, striking out three and walking two. Danny Valencia (.291, 62 Rs, 16 HRs, 48 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
In their last game, the Athletics won by a margin of 13 runs. The Royals are 2-4 in games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more. The Athletics have a 1-5 record in blowouts.
The Royals are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Athletics have a record of 29-31 when opponents' pitchers have six strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 10-49. 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 21st with 147.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 348 this season. Oakland ranks near the bottom at 28th with 375.
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 45-43 record.