The KC Royals got a much-needed victory in their first game against the Tampa Bay Rays. They will look to get on a streak against a team they have had tons of success with.
Here is some info for the KC Royals game.
Time: 6:10 CT
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RHP Chris Young (0-0. 4.22 ERA, 1.69 WHIP) vs. RHP Matt Andriese (2-1, 3.09 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)
What To Watch For
Oh boy, did that feel good last night. The KC Royals posted one of their best offensive performances of the year, collecting a season high in hits, along with scoring seven runs. Can they keep it up tonight?
Tampa Bay Rays starter Matt Andriese is generating grounballs. His clip, at 49.0%, ranks in the top fourth of the majors.
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He’ll generate these grounballs with his changeup. Andriese leads the majors in grounders hit on a changeup. Hitters are hitting his changeup with the second lowest launch angle, coming in at -6.8 degrees. Expect KC Royals batters to be swinging on top of that pitch all night.
Chris Young and the Home Runs
The exact opposite of Andriese, Young generates most of his outs by flyballs. Put this with his fastball in the 80s and you get a lot of balls hit over the fence.
Let’s hope he can improve on his performance against the Rays in which he only recorded four outs, giving up six runs. Rays hitters weren’t getting fooled by that invisi-ball.
So far in small innings this year, Young has been able to keep the ball in the field of play more, only giving up home runs at rate of 0.84 per nine innings.
Salvador Perez Homer Tonight?
Salvador Perez has been straight mashing changeups this year, hitting them back at 92.2 MPH, ranking 10th in the majors. This could present a bad matchup for Matt Andriese.
In a small sample size, Salvador Perez is 1 for 6 off Andriese.
Andriese should have trouble getting Perez to hit that pitch on the ground, as he also ranks near the top in launch angle on changeups.
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Perez has hit one homer this year off a changeup.