Kansas City Royals (44-80) at Baltimore Orioles (39-85)
MLB: Monday, August 19th, 2019 at 7:05 pm ET (Oriole Park At Camden Yards)
Line and Odds: Baltimore Orioles -133/Kansas City Royals +120 Over/Under: 10.5
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The Kansas City Royals have been inept offensively all year. They rank 27th in scoring, averaging 4.28 runs per game. Kansas City especially struggles with generating power. Royals' batters hit home runs on just 2.7% of their plate appearances, ranking 28th in home run percentage. Kansas City also ranks 28th in slugging percentage (.400) and on base plus slugging percentage (.706). The Royals rank 27th with an isolated power of .157. The Kansas City Royals got extra base hits on 8.1% of their plate appearances, ranking 26th in extra base hit percentage. Not only are they unable to increase their power, they also have trouble with simply getting on base. Kansas City ranks 26th with an on base percentage of .307. They have a batting average of. 243, which ranks 25th in the Majors. Kansas City's batters draw walks on 7.6% of their plate appearances, ranking 25th in walk percentage. However, Kansas City becomes very aggressive when they do manage to get on base. They rank 1st in both stolen bases and stolen base attempts per game. KC baserunners rank 7th with a stolen base percentage of 75.2%.
The Royals have also struggled from the defensive side of the diamond. Kansas City allows 5.19 runs per game, ranking 23rd in runs allowed. As poor as their defensive stats are, their pitching does well at limiting their opponent's power. Kansas City pitchers allow home runs on just 3.4% of their opponents' plate appearances, ranking 10th in opponents' home run percentage. KC ranks 11th with an opponents' isolated power of .177. Just 35.4% of their opponents' hits go for extra bases, a number that ranks 4th-best in baseball. The problem for the Royals has been the accumulation hits and walks they give up. Kansas City pitchers rank 28th with a WHIP of 1.456. They are 29th with an opponents' on base percentage of .345. The Royals rank 28th in batting average and 27th in BABIP. Royals' pitchers rank 28th in both strikeout percentage and strikeout-to-walk ratio. Jorge Lopez will get the call as today's starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. He has pitched 85 and 2/3 innings in 30 appearances for the Royals this season. This will be Jorge Lopez's 12th start in 2019. Lopez has compiled a 6.51 ERA, 1.553 WHIP, and 2.41 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He allows 10.4 hits, 1.9 home runs, and 7.14 runs per 9 innings.
The Baltimore Orioles are one of the few teams with a worse statistical profile than the Kansas City Royals. The Orioles' offense is one of the worst in all of baseball. Baltimore scores 4.35 runs per game, ranking 26th in run production. Their on base plus slugging percentage of .714 ranks 25th in the MLB. In all of the important offensive statistical categories, Baltimore ranks in the bottom third of the Majors. Baltimore's offense ranks 24th in slugging percentage (.408) and 27th in on base percentage (.306). Their low ranking in slugging percentage is driven by their low batting average and low isolated power numbers. Baltimore ranks 23rd in both batting average (.244) and isolated power (.164). Baltimore's offense struggles in each of the "three true outcome" statistics. They rank 24th in home run percentage, 22nd in strikeout percentage, and 26th in walk percentage.
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