Yordano Ventura (10-10, 4.26 ERA) and Sean Manaea (5-9, 4.40 ERA) start in the third of a four-game series between the Kansas City Royals (74-70) and the Oakland Athletics (62-82) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Athletics won the last game 5-4, and Oakland leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 7:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 14 and can be seen on CSCA and FSKC.
Ventura pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking two in a 7-2 defeat to the White Sox. Manaea went 3.1 innings, surrendering two runs (two unearned), striking out four and walking two in a 6-0 defeat to the Astros in his most recent start. Khris Davis (.247, 76 Rs, 37 HRs, 90 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
In their last game, the Athletics won by a margin of one run. The Royals are 21-21 in one-run games. The Athletics have a 23-23 record in close games.
When leading after seven innings, Kansas City is 29-32, while Oakland is 20-35.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 43-45 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 10-49. The Athletics have a 17-65 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City and Oakland both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. Kansas City sits at 27th with 131 home runs this season and Oakland ranks 21st with 149.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 350 this season. Oakland ranks near the bottom at 28th with 377.
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 46-43 record.