On Friday night in Philadelphia, a three-game weekend series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Kansas City Royals gets underway. The Royals are in last place in the AL Central Division and have the second-worst record in MLB. The Philadelphia Phillies are in second place in the NL East Division and are actively competing for the NL Wildcard.
The Royals have the worst record in MLB and are now in last place in the AL Central, just ahead of the Oakland A’s. Prior to Thursday’s series finale against the struggling Mets, the Royals had performed well recently, winning five straight games.
The first two games were won by the Royals 7-6 and 4-0. The Royals defeated the struggling Mets 9-2 to win the series on Thursday. Going into Philadelphia, the Royals’ winning streak is at a season-high six games.
In the first game of the series against Philadelphia on Friday night, the Royals will start struggling right-hander Jordan Lyles. In 20 starts this season, Lyles has a mere 2-12 record, with only three quality starts. His ERA is 6.15 after 112.2 innings and 111 hits allowed. Lyles has a WHIP of 1.29 and a K/9 rate that is only 6.4.
The Philadelphia Phillies, who are competing for a playoff place, are coming off a battle with NL East rival and fellow playoff contender Miami. The Phillies won the first two games of the series, including a comeback 3-1 victory on Tuesday night thanks to a ninetieth inning with three runs.
In the first game of the series against the Royals, the Phillies will hand the ball to ace Aaron Nola. In 22 starts, including 11 strong ones, Nola is 9-7. His ERA is 4.43 after allowing 121 hits over 138 innings. His WHIP is 1.12 and his K/9 rate is 9.1.
The Phillies are a potent home club, and despite their recent victories, Kansas City is still 29th in runs scored per game. The Phillies’ starting lineup should also perform well against Lyles, who has a career-high road ERA of over seven this year.
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Kansas City Royals vs Philadelphia Phillies Game Information
- Date: 08/04/2023
- Time: 07:05 PM ET
- Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- How to Watch: Royals vs Phillies MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV