Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound for the Royals. The veteran right-hander has been uninspiring in his first six starts of the season, posting a 4.50 ERA with a 5.43 FIP. Guthrie's 12.8% K% and 6.1% BB% are in line with the numbers he has posted over the past two seasons. Hopefully The Stormin' Mormon keeps his team in a position to win the game, grits out a tough start, or whatever.
Robbie Erlin will start for the Padres. Erlin's traditional stats (1-4, 5.83) indicate that Erlin has been a dumpster fire this season, but the southpaw appears to have been the victim of some bad luck. Erlin owns a .340 BABIP and a 57.6% LOB%, both of which should regress towards the league average. The lefty could have Hocehvaritis and struggle with runners on base, but his peripherals stats suggest he can be a competent major-league pitcher.
I'm typing this post well before the lineup is released (but I should be back and ready to party before the game starts), but my guess is the Royals will rock the same lineup tonight which they employed last night, which was:
Despite my guess, I think there's a solid chance that Ned Yost plays Mike Moustakas against a lefty tonight because domes. I have a hard time imagining Frank going completely crazy and playing Hosmer in right with Butler at first, especially in a park as spacious as Petco.
If you thought tonight's game against the Padres was meaningless, think again!
No pressure, guys, but if the Royals lose today, they will have had a 6-game losing streak by Memorial Day FOR THE ELEVENTH YEAR IN A ROW.— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) May 6, 2014
I think I'm going to start drinking now. Go Royals
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