Kris Medlen (1-2, 4.87 ERA) and Stephen Strasburg (4-0, 2.25 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (14-12) and the Washington Nationals (18-8) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 7-6, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 4 and can be seen on MASN and FSKC.
Medlen pitched 5.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out three and walking five in a 1-0 defeat to the Mariners. Mike Moustakas (.266, 12 Rs, 7 HRs, 13 RBIs) went 1 for 1 yesterday with one run and two RBIs. Strasburg went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 5-4 win over the Cardinals in his last outing. Daniel Murphy (.376, 13 Rs, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Kansas City and Washington are Nationals -145, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
In their last game, the Nationals lost by a margin of one run. The Royals are 5-3 in one-run games. The Nationals have a 4-3 record in close games.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Nationals have a 3-2 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 3-8. The Nationals have a 3-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 21 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 32.
Ranking 17th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.04 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top half at 11th with 8.46.
Ranking 23rd, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.689). Washington ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .715.
The Nationals are 9-5 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 8-9 when they allow at least one homer.