Yordano Ventura (2-3, 5.36 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (24-14) go up against Johnny Cueto (3-3, 2.93 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (18-20) in the first of a two-game interleague series at Kauffman Stadium. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 19 and will air on FSN-OH and FSN-KC.
In his most recent outing, Ventura pitched 7.0 innings, giving up five runs, striking out six and walking two in a 5-2 loss to the Rangers. Eric Hosmer (.324, 25 Rs, 7 HRs, 29 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 Sunday with one run. In his career against the Royals, Cueto is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA. He gets a strong Kansas City offense that's batting .287. Todd Frazier (.250, 26 Rs, 12 HRs, 23 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Reds, going 2 for 5 Sunday with one run.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Royals have a 24-14 record SU against the National League. The Royals come into the game with the second-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.0 runs per game. The Royals are a dangerous hitting team with 125 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, leading the AL with an average of only 5.6 strikeouts per game. The Kansas City pitching staff has been dominant, only giving up 3.2 runs per home game, good for best in the AL. The Royals are third in the AL in hits allowed with just 7.6 per game.
When playing Interleague opponents, the Reds have a 1-2 record SU. When it comes to scoring runs, the Reds have performed much better than normal against teams from the AL. During those games, they averaged five runs per game, above their 4.0 season average. The Reds are known for their power, smashing 48 home runs. The Reds have racked up 43 steals on the year, making them the most threatening base-running team in the league. Cincinnati's pitching staff tends to perform poorly when they play competition from the AL. They've allowed an average of 5.3 runs per game against teams from the AL, higher than their season average of 4.5.
This game will feature Cueto (RHP) on the mound against the Royals, who have a 14-9 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Ventura will take the mound against the Reds, who have a 14-14 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC
The Reds lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Royals are 4-3. The Reds are 7-6 in close games this season.
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 10-5, while Cincinnati is 6-8.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Reds have a 4-9 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 1-9. The Reds have a 5-15 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league at 24th when it comes to home runs, hitting 29 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top five at third with 48.
Ranking first in hits, Kansas City has earned 10.05 per game this season. Cincinnati ranks 12th with 8.03 hits.
Ranking 16th, Cincinnati is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.714). Kansas City ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .774.
When the Reds allow at least one home run, they are 10-17. When the Royals allow one or more homers, they have a 12-9 record.