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MLB : ATS Matchup
Saturday 6/23/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
KANSAS CITY  KENNEDY )
 
HOUSTON  MCCULLERS )
+1.5  +130

-1.5  -150
+265

-325

8un
 
3
Final
4

KANSAS CITY (23 - 52) at HOUSTON (50 - 27)
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Saturday, 6/23/2018 7:15 PM
IAN KENNEDY (R) vs. LANCE MCCULLERS JR. (R)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
923KANSAS CITY+260Ov 8.5,-105+260Ov 8,-105
924HOUSTON-320Un 8.5,-115-320Un 8,-115
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games23-52-20.328-433.60.2410.2960.3620.6585.50.2770.3400.4480.788
Road Games13-23-0.413-213.80.2450.2970.3720.6695.20.2670.3330.4390.772
vs Right-handed Starters12-38-22.519-273.50.2410.2950.3630.6575.90.2840.3490.4680.817
Past 7 Games1-6-3.43-42.30.2030.2640.2950.5595.30.2750.3690.4360.805
Grass Games23-49-17.326-433.60.2400.2950.3570.6535.30.2740.3360.4440.780
Night Games13-31-12.318-233.90.2490.3080.3740.6815.40.2740.3360.4470.783
KANSAS CITY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games3.60.2410.2967525606161169590.3622522015413150982326824
Road Games3.80.2450.297361259309513340.372131922681224738202812
Righty Starters3.50.2410.295501720415806390.3631671303501634054174418
KANSAS CITY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games5.461.498245.71621492643910419111-15171258.6%
Road Games5.081.45410871611111746875-810662.5%

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games50-27+3.735-385.10.2650.3330.4230.7563.00.2080.2670.3400.606
Home Games21-16-10.514-224.00.2400.3120.3790.6903.10.2090.2610.3570.618
vs Right-handed Starters33-15+9.422-235.30.2670.3310.4340.7653.00.2040.2660.3280.594
Past 7 Games5-2-0.84-35.00.2810.3540.4500.8042.40.1850.2660.2910.557
Grass Games50-27+3.735-385.10.2650.3330.4230.7563.00.2080.2670.3400.606
Night Games33-21-3.822-294.70.2640.3350.4090.7442.90.2060.2670.3380.605
HOUSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games5.10.2650.3337726286961319890.4233802676093451492264933
Home Games4.00.2400.312371180283443380.3791421232921824138132120
Righty Starters5.30.2670.331481650441885590.4342471583761931953173015
HOUSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games2.731.060211.36664169185525512-1218966.7%
Home Games3.301.22198.337369511251187-89660%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
KANSAS CITY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
6/9/2018DUFFY(L)@ OAKLANDBASSITT(R)2-0W1558.5 ovU450471
6/10/2018KELLER(R)@ OAKLANDMANAEA(L)2-3L1558 ovU761782
6/12/2018KENNEDY(R)CINCINNATIROMANO(R)1-5L-1059.5 ovU451881
6/13/2018HAMMEL(R)CINCINNATIMAHLE(R)0-7L+1159.5 unU563940
6/15/2018JUNIS(R)HOUSTONMORTON(R)3-7L+2058.5 ovO5501240
6/16/2018DUFFY(L)HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L)2-10L+2209.5 ovO6711031
6/17/2018KELLER(R)HOUSTONMCCULLERS JR.(R)4-7L+2309.5 ovO6501571
6/18/2018KENNEDY(R)TEXASCOLON(R)3-6L+1009.5 ovU960882
6/19/2018HAMMEL(R)TEXASHAMELS(L)1-4L+1259 ovU45112101
6/20/2018JUNIS(R)TEXASBIBENS-DIRKX(R)2-3L-1059.5 unU7406100
6/22/2018DUFFY(L)@ HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L)1-0W2708.5 unU9121290
6/23/2018KENNEDY(R)@ HOUSTONMCCULLERS JR.(R) 
6/24/2018HAMMEL(R)@ HOUSTONVERLANDER(R) 
6/26/2018KELLER(R)@ MILWAUKEEPERALTA(R) 
6/27/2018DUFFY(L)@ MILWAUKEESUTER(L) 
6/29/2018 @ SEATTLE  
6/30/2018 @ SEATTLE  

HOUSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
6/9/2018MORTON(R)@ TEXASMINOR(L)4-3W-1709.5 evU9415170
6/10/2018KEUCHEL(L)@ TEXASMOORE(L)8-7W-18510.5 unO126116101
6/12/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)@ OAKLANDMENGDEN(R)6-3W-1408.5 unO1291790
6/13/2018COLE(R)@ OAKLANDBLACKBURN(R)13-5W-1907.5 ovO1481740
6/14/2018VERLANDER(R)@ OAKLANDMONTAS(R)7-3W-1907.5 evO1380532
6/15/2018MORTON(R)@ KANSAS CITYJUNIS(R)7-3W-2258.5 ovO1240550
6/16/2018KEUCHEL(L)@ KANSAS CITYDUFFY(L)10-2W-2409.5 ovO1031671
6/17/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)@ KANSAS CITYKELLER(R)7-4W-2609.5 ovO1571650
6/18/2018COLE(R)TAMPA BAYSTANEK(R)5-4W-2757 ovO1081443
6/19/2018VERLANDER(R)TAMPA BAYSNELL(L)1-2L-2357 unU580880
6/20/2018MORTON(R)TAMPA BAYEOVALDI(R)5-1W-2307.5 unU1151480
6/22/2018KEUCHEL(L)KANSAS CITYDUFFY(L)0-1L-3408.5 unU2909121
6/23/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)KANSAS CITYKENNEDY(R) 
6/24/2018VERLANDER(R)KANSAS CITYHAMMEL(R) 
6/25/2018COLE(R)TORONTOHAPP(L) 
6/26/2018MORTON(R)TORONTOSANCHEZ(R) 
6/27/2018KEUCHEL(L)TORONTOESTRADA(R) 
6/28/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)@ TAMPA BAY  
6/29/2018 @ TAMPA BAY  
6/30/2018 @ TAMPA BAY  
KEY GAME INFORMATION
KANSAS CITY: 2017: 80-82, third place.
MANAGER: Ned Yost (ninth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Jesse Hahn, CF Jon Jay, 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Wily Peralta, RHP Justin Grimm.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B Eric Hosmer, CF Lorenzo Cain, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Joakim Soria, LHP Mike Minor, OF Melky Cabrera, LHP Scott Alexander, DH Brandon Moss, RHP Mike Morin, LHP Ryan Buchter, RHP Trevor Cahill.
OUTLOOK: This was supposed to be a rebuilding year in Kansas City, when most of the Royals' top players hit free agency en masse. With Moustakas and Escobar finding little market, both returned to Kansas City with prove-it contracts. That gives the Royals a fighting chance to stay competitive into July, and then all bets are off. But the reality is there are still far too many holes, both in the lineup and on the pitching staff, for the Royals to be considered contenders. They would do well to match the 80 wins they had last season, and could be a big seller at the July 31 trade deadline, which would allow them to replenish a shallow farm system and begin their rebuilding job in earnest.
HOUSTON: 2017: 101-61, first place, won World Series.
MANAGER: A.J. Hinch (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Gerrit Cole, RHP Joe Smith, RHP Hector Rondon.
SUBTRACTIONS: DH Carlos Beltran, RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Mike Fiers, RHP Michael Feliz, INF Colin Moran.
OUTLOOK: With almost everyone back from last year's championship team, the Astros fully expect to contend for another title. They have a right to be confident with Altuve leading a potent lineup that includes Springer, the World Series MVP, and Correa, a young All-Star shortstop coming off his best season. Their rotation is one of the best in baseball, with Cy Young Award winners Keuchel and Verlander leading the group and new acquisition Cole and young star McCullers following that 1-2 punch. Barring debilitating injuries, the Astros should win the AL West and have an excellent chance to repeat as World Series champs.
PREVIEW
Win streak teaches Astros to stay focused
 

HOUSTON -- One obvious benefit of a club-record-tying 12-game winning streak and 13 victories in 14 games is the positive impact it has on the standings, something the Houston Astros could attest to before dropping the opener of a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

On June 5, the Astros (50-27) were the scuffling team, falling two games behind the Seattle Mariners in the American League West with a 7-1 loss, their seventh setback over 10 games. The entered this weekend 3 1/2 games ahead of the Mariners and maintained that lead Friday when Seattle lost at Boston 14-10.

Midseason standings are fluid, and it's far too early to get enthralled by scoreboard watching.

"I think I pay attention to our team," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "I appreciate the stress that comes with whether you're a game up or a game back or five games up or five games back. I really think we're chasing ourselves. I think we need to play our best baseball and we'll sort out the standings as it gets towards the later end of the season.

"I'm aware of it because I'm a baseball enthusiast; I watch the scores all the time. It's what I do. I'm not emotionally drained when other teams go on win streaks and I'm not emotionally charged by a couple losses. I just want our team to play well."

Right-hander Lance McCullers (8-3, 3.77 ERA) gets the start in the middle game of the series for Houston. He is 1-0 with a 2.33 ERA over four career starts against the Royals, and he recorded a no-decision in his previous outing against them after allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings in a 7-4 Astros victory on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals will hand the ball to right-hander Ian Kennedy (1-7, 5.31 ERA) on Saturday. Kennedy is winless over his last 13 starts, one behind Athletics right-hander Chris Bassitt for the longest active streak in the majors. He is 0-7 with a 6.12 ERA since his only win on April 7.

Kennedy is 4-1 with a 1.99 ERA over five career starts against the Astros, including 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA over three starts at Minute Maid Park.

The Royals (23-52) on Friday began transitioning veteran Alcides Escobar off shortstop, ending his string of 407 consecutive starts there by moving him to center field for the opener of their series with the Astros. Escobar finished 2-for-2 with two walks, marking the first time since Sept. 6, 2017, against the Detroit Tigers that he reached base in all four plate appearances.

Escobar, a free agent following the season, has been a mainstay at short for the Royals since 2011. Before making his first career start in center on Friday, Escobar last played that position on Aug. 2, 2010, while with the Milwaukee Brewers, shifting in the eighth inning after starting at shortstop.

"We know that he's athletic enough to play it and we want Mondi (22-year-old infielder Adalberto Mondesi) playing short," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Escobar. "We just think that the time is right. We talked to the coaches about it and they feel like he'll be fine.

"He's really excited about the opportunity at playing multiple positions, not only center but some third and some second. He knows that his next career move is probably going to be a utility-type player on the field and he's anxious to start showing people that he can handle it."


Last Updated: 9/20/2018 7:30:55 PM EST


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