Kansas City Royals versus Houston Astros (May 6)
The Kansas City Royals were last in the AL Central through May 3 with a record of 11-22.
They take on the Houston Astros, first in the AL West with a record of 18-14. Jakob Junis is scheduled to pitch for the Royals with Gerrit Cole on the mound for the Astros.
Offensively, the Royals are lead in home runs by Jorge Soler with eight, while Adalberto Mondesi is tops in RBI with 27.
Hunter Dozier leads the team with a .340 average and has contributed seven home runs, while Alex Gordon has been solid with five home runs and 22 RBI.
As a team, the Royals have hit 37 home runs and average 4.5 runs per game.
The Astros have clubbed 49 home runs, lead by George Springer and Jose Altuve, each with nine.
Springer leads the team in RBI with 29, while Altuve has 20. Carlos Correa and Alex Bergman have added ample power with six home runs each and Michael Brantley has five.
The Astros are slightly above the Royals in offensive production, averaging 4.6 runs per game.
Jakob Junis has a 3-2 record and 34 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings, but has a below average ERA of 5.12.
Close Ian Kennedy has been excellent, allowing just two earned runs in 15 2/3 innings with 21 strikeouts.
Jake Diekmann and Scott Barton have been solid, pitching to a combined 3.00 ERA in 27 innings. As a unit, the Royals have allowed 5.1 runs per game.
Gerrit Cole is off to a 2-4 start, but his ERA is a decent 3.95 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings pitched.
The back end of the Astros’ bull pen has been excellent. Roberto Osuna has allowed only a run and three base runners in 13 1/3 innings.
Ryan Pressly hasn’t allowed a run and only five hits in 12 1/3 innings and Will Harris has an ERA of 1.74 in 10 1/3 innings.
The deciding factor in this game will be Houston’s pitching.
The Royals will likely score three or four runs with the Astros scoring five or six.
Look for a combined total of eight to ten runs, for an average scoring contest.