Edinson Volquez (3-3, 3.89 ERA) and Julio Teheran (0-3, 3.48 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (16-18) and the Atlanta Braves (8-25) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 13 and can be seen on FSKC and FSSO.
Volquez pitched 4.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs, striking out four and walking four in a 5-4 defeat to the Indians. Eric Hosmer (.333, 18 Rs, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Teheran went 5.0 innings, surrendering two, striking out five and walking two in a 4-2 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Freddie Freeman (.288, 15 Rs, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Kansas City and Atlanta are Royals -160, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC
Atlanta has won 27% (3-8) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Kansas City has won 40% (6-9) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Braves are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Royals have a record of 3-2 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 5-6. The Royals have a 12-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Atlanta has earned 101 this season. Kansas City ranks 25th with 122 runs.
Kansas City and Atlanta both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Kansas City sits at 29th with 80 this season and Atlanta ranks 22nd with 95.
The Royals are 13-10 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Braves are 2-6 when they hit at least one homer.