The Kansas City Royals will be going for the series win when they face the Oakland Athletics in the final game of their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon. The game will be played at Oakland Coliseum and is scheduled to begin at 3:37 PM. ET.
(This preview was written before Tuesday’s game was played).
Royals Going For Second Win In Three Games
The Royals pulled off a surprising win over the streaking Athletics on Monday, which reduced Oakland’s lead in the wild card standings over the Cleveland Indians to 1.5 games. The win helped the Royals snap a three-game losing streak and they will try to keep the momentum going with another win over the Athletics, which will give them their second win in their last three games and the series win.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) September 17, 2019
Kansas City is one of the worst offensive teams in the league. The team’s .246 batting average is 23rd in the league. Their .308 on-base percentage is 26th, while their .401 slugging percentage is 27th in the league. The 641 runs they have scored are 27th in the league.
Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with a .307 batting average, while Jorge Soler leads the team with 45 home runs and 109 RBI.
Kansas City’s pitching is also among the worst in the league. Opponents have a .275 batting average against the Royals, which is 29th in the league. Their 5.17 ERA is 25th, while their 57 quality starts are 13th in the league.
In his last start, Duffy gave up four hits and one earned run in six innings, but he didn’t get any help from the bullpen and the offense as the Royals fell to the Houston Astros 4-1. He is 1-0 with a 3.10 ERA in his last four appearances against the Athletics.
Athletics Trying To Hang On To Playoff Spot
The Athletics are currently in first place in the NL Wildcard standings, but the team only has a 1.5 game lead over the Cleveland Indians, who are in third place in the standings. With only a few games left in the regular season, they cannot afford another loss to the Royals and will try to increase their wild card lead with a win on Wednesday.
🗣 Marcus Semien is a legitimate MVP candidate 🗣
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) September 17, 2019
Oakland is a good offensive team. The team’s .250 batting average is 16th in the league. Their .328 on-base percentage is 10th, while their .453 slugging percentage is ninth in the league. The 806 runs they have scored are seventh in the league.
Marcus Semien leads the team with a .284 batting average and 87 RBI, while Matt Olsen leads the team with 34 homers.
Oakland’s pitching is among the best in the league. Opponents have a .245 batting average against the Athletics, which is eighth in the league. Their 4.09 ERA is seventh, as is their 74 quality starts.
In his last start, Bailey gave up three hits and one earned run in 5.1 innings, leading to a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros. He is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in his lone start against the Royals this season.
Kansas City is:
- 12-40 in their last 52 vs. American League West.
- 5-11 in their last 16 Wednesday games.
- 8-20 in Duffy’s last 28 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- 21-8 in their last 29 during game 3 of a series.
- 25-10 in their last 35 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
- 4-1 in Bailey’s last 5 home starts.