Tanner Roark (2-2, 2.03 ERA) gets the start for the Washington Nationals (18-7) as they go up against Chris Young (1-4, 6.12 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (13-12) in the second of a three-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Nationals won the last game 2-0, and Washington leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 3 and will air on MAS2 and FSKC.
In his last start, Young pitched 5.1 innings, giving up three runs, striking out six and walking two in a 4-2 loss to the Angels. Eric Hosmer (.337, 11 Rs, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday. The Nationals were unsuccessful against the Phillies 3-0 the last time Roark pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out six and walking two. Daniel Murphy (.382, 12 Rs, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds are Royals -120 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
The only other game between the two teams went Washington's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
After last game's shutout win against Kansas City, the Nationals now have four shutouts this season. The Royals have been shut out in four games this season.
The Royals didn't score any runs in their last game. The Nationals have a 4-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 2-8. The Nationals have a 3-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, Kansas City has hit 21 this season. Washington ranks 10th with 29 home runs.
Ranking 21st, Washington is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.88 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top half at 13th with 8.36.
Ranking 22nd, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.690). Washington ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .702.
When the Nationals allow at least one home run, they are 9-5. When the Royals allow one or more homers, they have a 7-9 record.