Edinson Volquez (3-1, 3.34 ERA) and Gio Gonzalez (1-1, 1.42 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (13-11) and the Washington Nationals (17-7) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 2 and can be seen on MASN and FSKC.
Volquez pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering eight runs, striking out three and walking two in a 9-4 defeat to the Angels. Eric Hosmer (.333, 11 Rs, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Gonzalez went 6.1 innings, surrendering two, striking out five and walking three in a 3-0 defeat to the Phillies in his last outing. Daniel Murphy (.365, 12 Rs, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for Kansas City and Washington are Royals -115, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
Kansas City has won 50% (5-5) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Washington has won 67% (6-3) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 1-1 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 10-4. The Nationals have a 13-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 81 this season. Washington ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 99.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 60 this season. Washington ranks in the top half at 12th with 81.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 11-6. When the Nationals hit at least one homer, they have a 13-3 record.