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#5931 Kansas City Royals vs.
#5932 Colorado Rockies
Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 8:10pm EDT
Written by Jordy

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After getting crushed in the opener, the Colorado Rockies hope to strike even in their ensuing interleague series with the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. Kyle Freeland bit the dust early, and it cost the Rockies dearly in a 14-10 loss.

The Royals came into the game as one of the league’s worst offensive teams and somehow managed to pound the Rockies into dust. Their ability to stay efficient offensively will tell the tale of this entire series. Carlos Hernandez gets the green light to start at pitcher opposite of Colorado’s German Marquez.

Will Hernandez take pressure off the Royals’ bats?

This is what it feels like when the offense has a heartbeat, Royals fans. They blew the doors off Coors Field by scoring eight runs in the first five innings. Kyle Freeland will be feeling that ugly performance for a while after yielding 12 hits and six earned runs on Friday night.

It was like hitting practice for the Royals, and they never took their foot off the gas. Sure, Zack Greinke suffered a complete collapse in the fifth inning, but the scorching red-hot bats on offense kept the team ahead.

It would help if Carlos Hernandez could have a strong enough start on the mound to take some of the pressure off Kansas City’s offense. After watching them dominate at the plate in the opener, the Royals’ bats could quickly get lulled back to sleep on Saturday. They can’t afford for Hernandez to get cracked if that happens.

It has been a rough go for the 25-year-old righty in his first five starts. He’s throwing a 7.15 ERA and 1.90 WHIP with a 0-2 record. As the Rockies showed in the series-opener, they’re capable of exploding on offense and piling points on the scoreboard quickly. Hernandez needs to be able to stand his ground and help keep the game within reach.

Can Marquez clean things up?

Well, this isn’t the start Rockies pitcher German Marquez expected on the mound. Nothing but misery has followed him in his previous four starts with the team losing all of those games. The 27-year-old righty is sitting at 0-3 with a 6.47 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in his first six starts of the season.

That doesn’t elicit much confidence with him receiving the nod to start on Saturday, but then again, these are the Royals we’re talking about.

Kansas City isn’t scaring anyone on offense with the team averaging 3.53 runs per game. If you’re hoping for another breakout hitting night from their lineup, you’ll likely be sadly disappointed with the Royals averaging the second-least home runs per game this season. So I wouldn’t count on them replicating Friday’s performance.

If Marquez was ever going to turn things around, this would be the perfect time to make something happen. There’s the interleague element as well. So there isn’t a lot of familiarity between these two teams.

Speaking of offense, the Rockies are going to have to deliver the goods at the plate to avoid blowing another series loss. Marquez is too shaky right now to trust on the rubber, even against the struggling Royals. And Colorado’s bullpen has been even worse.

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The Rockies were surprisingly outgunned in the opener.

Kyle Freeland imploded in the first five innings, and the bullpen did the same exact thing in the second-half of the game. It was a typical night of the Rockies getting pounded defensively, but things clearly got a bit out of hand.

The Royals’ bats showed up for a change, but I’m not ready to just accept this as the norm considering they have the fourth-worst run-scoring offense in the league. They’re more likely to come out on Saturday and completely fall apart at the plate.

Meanwhile, the Rockies will keep hammering in runs against Hernandez, who just gave up seven hits and six runs in a loss to the Baltimore Orioles. It’s hard to envision anything less than another ride on the struggle-bus for the Royals’ pitching rotation against a Rockies team slashing .258/.321/.402.

I can trust Colorado to back up their performance from Friday night, but I can’t say the same about the Royals. Give me the Rockies in this one.

Prediction: Colorado Rockies (-160)

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The Rockies reminded everyone why they can’t be trusted on defense. Kansas City came into Friday’s game as one of the worst offensive teams in the league and still managed to pile 14 runs on the board. No, I’m not expecting the Royals to score in the double-digits in back-to-back games, but they’ll continue to find offensive life against a struggling German Marquez.

And of course, the Rockies will respond to that effort in kind by taking advantage of Carlos Hernandez. Such has been the case all season for a Royals team allowing the fourth-most hits and fifth-most points per game. I’m taking the over on Saturday.

Prediction: Over (10.5)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast, and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY, and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys, and all the Sun Drop you can drink.