The Atlanta Braves will be trying to increase their lead in the NL West when they take on the Kansas City Royals in the finale of their two-game interleague series on Wednesday night. The game will be played at SunTrust Park and is scheduled to begin at 7:20 PM. ET.
(This preview was written before Tuesday’s game was played).
Royals Going For Sixth Win In Eight Games
The Royals had their two-series win streak snapped by the Cleveland Indians, and will be trying to bounce back from the series loss with a win over the braves, which will give them their sixth win in their last eight games.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 21, 2019
Kansas City is one of the worst offensive teams in the league. The team’s .250 batting average is 16th in the league. Their .313 on-base percentage is 22nd, while their .407 slugging percentage is 25th in the league. The 441 runs they have scored is 24th in the league.
Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with a .309 batting average, while Jorge Soler leads the team with 27 homers and 70 RBI.
Kansas City’s pitching is also among the worst in the league. Opponents have a .270 batting average against the Royals, which is 27th in the league. Their 5.00 ERA is 24th, while their 40 quality starts are 13th in the league.
In his last start, Keller gave up nine hits and four runs in 6.1 innings, and the Royals were able to get a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. The team will need a better effort from him to get past Atlanta on Wednesday.
Braves Going for Second Win In Three Games
The Braves are coming off a win over the Washington Nationals, which helped them salvage a split in the series and take a 6.5 game lead in the NL East standings. They will try to increase their division lead with a win over the Royals, which will give them their second win in their last three games.
— MLB (@MLB) July 22, 2019
Offensively, Atlanta is one of the best teams in the league. The team’s .262 batting average is eighth in the league. Their .337 on-base percentage is sixth, as is their .457 slugging percentage. The 534 runs they have scored is seventh in the league.
Freddie Freeman has done the heavy lifting for the Braves this season, leading the team with a .301 batting average, 25 homers, and 78 RBI.
Atlanta’s pitching hasn’t been as good as the team’s offense. Opponents have a .254 batting average against the Braves, which is 18th in the league. Their 4.25 ERA is 11th, while their 45 quality starts are ninth in the league.
In his last start, Teheran gave up four hits and one earned run in 5.2 innings, helping the Braves get a 4-3 win over the Nationals. The team will need a similar effort from him to beat the Royals on Wednesday.
Kansas City is:
- 1-4 in their last 5 vs. National League East.
- 3-8 in Keller’s last 11 road starts.
- 4-1 in their last 5 interleague games.
- 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League Central.
- 4-0 in Teheran’s last 4 starts.