Joe Blanton (0-0, 1.80 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (36-25) go up against Mike Fiers (3-6, 4.04 ERA) and the Milwaukee Brewers (24-42) in the first of a two-game interleague series at Kauffman Stadium. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 17 and will air on FSN-WI and FSN-KC.
Mike Moustakas (.326, 35 Rs, 6 HRs, 22 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Brewers were victorious over the Nationals 8-4 the last time Fiers pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out eight and walking three.
Kansas City is a -121 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Royals perform well as a favorite with a 20-13 record and have an overall money line of +818. They come into the game with notable records of 5-1 as the favorite and 6-4 SU against the National League. The Royals will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In the last 10 games, Kansas City has only averaged 3.0 runs per game compared to the 4.3 they've averaged on the season. The Royals have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 4.3 runs per game. The Royals are a superb hitting team with 9.1 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the AL. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, leading the AL with an average of only 5.2 strikeouts per home game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Royals rank second in the NL in ERA with a 3.41 team average. The Royals are second in the AL in hits allowed with just 7.7 per game.
On the other side, the Brewers have a record of 18-25 when they are the underdog and are -1,575 overall with the money line. When playing AL opponents, they have a 1-2 as the favorite and 5-5 SU. When it comes to scoring runs, the Brewers have performed much better than normal against teams from the AL. During those games, they averaged four runs per game, above their 3.7 season average. The last 10 games have really brought the best out of the Milwaukee pitchers. They've allowed 3.5 runs per game during that span, which is lower than their season average of 4.7.
The previous two games have all gone Kansas City's way. This game will feature Fiers (RHP) on the mound against the Royals, who have a 25-16 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Ventura will take the mound against the Brewers. Against righty starters this season, they have an awful 18-34 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 17-7, while Milwaukee is 11-16.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Brewers have a 3-5 record when opponents give up that many walks.
It looks like the Royals have a slight leg up on the Brewers, as the Royals have won their last two games while the Brewers have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Brewers are 17-4. The Royals have a 31-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Milwaukee sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 241 this season. Kansas City ranks in the top half at 15th with 266.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 125 this season. Milwaukee ranks near the bottom at 26th with 148.
The Royals are 25-11 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Brewers are 20-15 when they hit at least one homer.