Wednesday evening on the MLB diamond and a pair of teams from the American League Central will square off as the Detroit Tigers invade Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri to grapple with the Kansas City Royals in game two of a three-game set.
Pitching Matchup: The Tigers will trot out Daniel Norris (2-5, 4.60 ERA) and he will be opposed by Danny Duffy (3-3, 4.68 ERA).
Offensive Struggles Continue For The Tigers
The Detroit Tigers just can’t seem to get their offense going this year and that is a big reason why they are sitting 15 games under .500 for the year. You know your offense is bad when you score just two runs on a very bad Kansas City pitching staff as they did in their 3-2 loss to the Royals on Tuesday night. The Tigers are now 2-5 over their last seven games and they scored 18 runs in the two wins, but just eight runs in the five losses. Nicholas Castellanos (7) and Brandon Dixon (6) provided the offense for the Tigers in their loss on Tuesday night.
Spencer Turnbull had a strong outing as he allowed no runs and just four hits and two walks while striking out five in 6.0 innings of work, but he took a no-decision as the pen let him down. Taking the loss was Victor Alcantara, who allowed one ERs on three hits in 0.2 innings of work. He is now 2-1 with a 4.55 ERA on the year. The Tigers are just 13-18 on the year, 19 games out of first in the American League Central and 10.5 games out of the 2nd AL wildcard slot. It looks like another lost season for the Tigers.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) June 12, 2019
Daniel Norris will toe the slab for the Tigers and he has gone 2-5 with a 4.60 ERA in 13 games (10 starts) on the year, including 1-2 with a 4.13 ERA in seven games (five starts) on the road. Norris has struggled of late going 0-4 with as 5.78 ERA in his last five starts. In his career, he has gone 10-7 with a 3.89 ERA in 43 games (32 starts) on the road and 3-5 with a 5.85 ERA in nine starts during the month of June. Norris has gone 1-2 with a 3.99 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) against the Royals in his career, including 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA in four starts against them here at Kauffman Stadium.
The Tigers have been poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 29th in the league in scoring, putting up 3.55 rpg, while also ranking 26th in hitting at .232 and 29th in homers with 57. On the mound, they have been rather poor as they rank 22nd in the league in ERA at 4.83, while also ranking 23rd in WHIP at 1.39 and 29th in K’s with 508. Their pen ranks 27th in ERA at 5.30.
Royals Rally To Take Game One
The Kansas City Royals have been one of the worst teams in the league this year and they have really struggled at home, but they were able to rally from a 2-0 lead late to take game one of this series by a score of 3-2. The Royals scored one in the 7th and two in the 8th to steal a win. Jordan Hicks had the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the 8th to put the Royals up for good and Ian Kennedy finished it with his 5th save of the year. Ryan O’Hearn (6) hit their lone homer in the game.
Jakob Junis had a solid outing as he allowed two ERs on five hits and no walks while striking out five in 7.0 innings of work, but he got a no-decision for his efforts. It still had to be encouraging for the Royals to see him have a good game, but we also note that it was against one of the worst offenses in the league. Scott Barlow (2-2, 5.51 ERA) grabbed the win. The Royals are still at 21-45 on the year and in the basement of the American League Central, 23.5 games out of first. They are also just 13-22 here at home for the year and they will be going for just their 2nd two-game win streak since sweeping a doubleheader from the Rays on May 1st.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) June 12, 2019
Taking the hill for the Royals will be Danny Duffy and he has gone 3-3 with a 4.68 ERA in eight starts on the year, including 0-2 with a 7.24 ERA in his last three starts and 1-2 with a 4.81 ERA in five starts here at home. In his career, he has gone 22-28 with a 4.20 ERA in 91 games (80 starts) here at Kauffman Stadium and 9-8 with a 3.41 ERA in 25 starts during the month of June. Duffy has gone 8-10 with a 4.49 ERA in 25 games (22 starts) against the Tigers in his career.
The Royals have been a rather poor offensive team so far as they come in ranked 23rd in the league in scoring, putting up 4.17 rpg, while also ranking 21st in hitting at .244 and 26th in homers with 67. On the mound, they have been poor as they come in ranked 27th in the league in ERA at 5.17, while also ranking 28th in WHIP at 1.46 and 30th in K’s with 508. The bullpen ranks 22nd in the league with a 4.81 ERA.
- 4-0 in Norris’ last 4 road starts vs. the Royals
Kansas City is:
- 0-9 in their last 9 during game 2 of a series
- 8-20 in Duffy’s last 28 starts vs. the American League Central