Danny Duffy (0-0, 3.00 ERA) and Matt Wisler (1-3, 3.27 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (17-19) and the Atlanta Braves (9-26) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Braves won the last game 5-0, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 15 and can be seen on FSKC and FSSO.
Duffy pitched 1.0 inning in his last outing, surrendering zero runs and striking out one in a 7-3 win over the Yankees. Eric Hosmer (.336, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Wisler went 8.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out two and walking two in a 3-2 defeat to the Phillies in his most recent start. Mallex Smith (.241, 11 Rs, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Kansas City and Atlanta are Royals -200, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC
Atlanta earned its second shutout of the season in its last game. Kansas City has been shut out five times this season.
The Royals didn't score any runs in their last game. The Braves have a 2-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 2-15. The Royals have a 3-11 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 30th in home runs, Atlanta has hit nine this season. Kansas City ranks 26th with 32 home runs.
Ranking 25th, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.69 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top half at 12th with 8.50.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.593). Kansas City ranks near the bottom at 22nd with an OPS of .693.
The Braves are 2-19 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 9-13 when they allow at least one homer.