Kyle Lohse (3-7, 6.27 ERA) and the Milwaukee Brewers (24-40) meet Edinson Volquez (5-4, 3.07 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (34-25) in the first of a two-game interleague series at Miller Park. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 15 and will air on FSN-KC and FSN-WI.
Lohse has a 3.96 ERA and a 6-6 record in his career against the Royals, and is up against a strong Kansas City offense that's hitting .266 on the year. In his career against the Brewers, Volquez is 7-4 with a 4.18 ERA. He meets a less-than-stellar Milwaukee offense that's batting just .232.
Milwaukee is a small underdog (-101) and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Brewers are 18-23 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -1,375. Over the last 10 games, they have had a very good record when playing as the underdog (5-2). Milwaukee's offense has been playing lights out against teams in the AL, putting up an average of 4.6 runs per game, well over their season average of 3.7. Over their past 10 games, Milwaukee's pitchers have been playing lights out, only allowing 3.5 runs per game, below their season average of 4.7.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Royals come into this game with a win percentage of .594 when playing as the favorite (19-13) and an overall money line of +718. Against NL opponents, they are 5-4 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 4-1 record. The Royals rank fifth in the AL in scoring, averaging 4.2 runs per game. The top road hitting team in the AL are the Royals, who average 9.5 hits in games away from home. The Royals are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.38 ERA this season. They also average just 7.7 hits allowed per game, best in the AL.
This game will feature Volquez (RHP) on the mound against the Brewers, who have a 9-17 home and 18-32 overall record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Lohse will take the mound against the Royals, who have a 24-16 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Brewers are 7-7. The Royals are 6-6 in close games this season.
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 16-7, while Milwaukee is 11-15.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Brewers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Royals have a 4-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 2-20. The Brewers have a 6-32 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 45 this season. Milwaukee ranks in the top half at 14th with 58.
Ranking 15th, Milwaukee is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.94 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with 9.03.
Ranking 28th, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.657). Kansas City ranks in the top half at 15th with an OPS of .716.
The Royals are 15-17 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Brewers are 15-27 when they allow at least one homer.