The Kansas City Royals will try to get back on track tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of a three-game series. The Rays are in first place in the AL East, while the Royals are in last place in the AL Central after the first week.
WHO: Tampa Bay Rays (4-3) @ Kansas City Royals (2-3)
WHERE: Kauffman Stadium
WHEN: Monday, April 7th – 7:10, CDT
TELEVISION: Fox Sports Kansas City
LIVE STREAM: MLB.TV (paid service)
If you are stuck at work, or away from your television, or out of area, we have you covered. You can catch the Kansas City Royals against the Chicago White Sox at MLB.TV. This is a paid service, but you live out of area, it is a great way to catch Royals action all season long.
PITCHING MATCH UP
The Royals will send Jason Vargas to the hill in-game one. Vargas went 7 innings in his Royals’ debut against Detroit last week, giving up 5 hits and just one run. He struck out 6 without walking a batter. Tampa will counter with Matt Moore, who went 5.2 innings in his first start, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits, with 4 strikeouts and 3 walks in a loss to Toronto. Kansas City hasn’t fared well thus far against top-notch pitching, losing to Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Chris Sale. Moore isn’t at that level yet, but he isn’t far off.
Tampa has the 4th highest batting average in the American League through the first week at .261. Kansas City is 11th at .244. The Rays are also 4th in runs with 31 in 7 games, while the Royals have put up just 16 runs in 5 games. The Royals have yet to hit a home run but the Rays have 5. Tampa also has 18 doubles compared to just 10 with Kansas City. Tampa is first in the league with a .357 On Base Percentage, while the Kansas City Royals are 9th at .319. Finally, Tampa is 4th in Slugging at .416, while Kansas City is dead last, slugging just .305, 28 points behind the next lowest.
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