When the Houston Astros take on the Kansas City Royals in the series opener on Friday night, they’ll be looking to extend their lead atop the American League West. The Astros will start Cristian Javier (9-3, 4.78 ERA). Zack Greinke (1-15, 5.47 ERA) will take the mound for the Royals in the rematch. In their last 10 meetings, Houston has a 7-3 record.
The Astros won their most recent game, breaking a two-game losing run. A victory over the Royals would give them their second consecutive victory and fourth victory in their past six games, so they’ll be looking to keep the momentum continuing.
The Astros score 5.16 runs per contest on average. They rank fourth in the league with a.260 batting average. They are ranked fourth in OBP at.332, and seventh in slugging percentage at.435. For the Astros, Kyle Tucker has been their best hitter. With a.285 average, 27 home runs, and 105 runs batted in, he is first on the club in those categories.
The pitching staff for Houston has been solid, allowing only 4.33 runs per game. The Astros are 11th in the league in opponents’ batting average (.243). They have a 10th-best ERA (3.97), and a 15th-best WHIP (1.28).
After dropping five straight, the Royals have won two straight. They’ve won two in a row and want to keep the momentum rolling against the Astros. In their games, Kansas City has scored 4.09 runs on average. They are ranked 20th in the league with a.242 batting average. They are ranked 28th in OBP with.301 and 23rd in SLgp% with.395.
The Royals’ most reliable batter has been Bobby Witt Jr. The club is led by his.276 batting average, 28 home runs, and 88 runs batted in. The pitching staff for Kansas City has struggled, allowing 5.34 runs per game. The Royals are 26th in the league in terms of opponents’ batting average (.264). Their 1.41 WHIP ranks 24th and their 5.22 ERA is 28th in the league.
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Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals Game Information
- Date: 09/15/2023
- Time: 08:10 PM ET
- Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri.
- How to Watch: Astros vs Royals MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV