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Game CXXIV Thread: The Orioles of Baltimore versus the Royals of Kansas City

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Kris Medlen. Kris Medlen. Kris Medlen. Kris Medlen. Kris Medlen. Kris Medlen. Kris Medlen. Kris Medlen. Kris Medlen. Kris Medlen. Kris Medlen. Kris Medlen. Kris Medlen. Guthrie is still not pitching.

Medlen time.
Medlen time.
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Guthrie is still not pitching.

Kris Medlen starts in his spot in the rotation tonight. He will be dealing with a limited pitch count. When the move was announced, David Eiland had the following to say:

So Medlen will likely be dealing with a 60-75-pitch limit--this will surely be detailed on the broadcast. This should get him about as deep into the game as Guthrie would have gotten with 110 pitches. And with a fraction of the runs allowed.

This marks Medlen's first major-league start since his return from Tommy John surgery number two. What transpires tonight is anyone's guess, but it will likely be a more effective performance than the Royals would have gotten from Jeremy Guthrie, whose 2015 season has been abysmal. Like second-worst ERA, worst FIP, and worst xFIP amongst qualified starters bad.

Medlen faces Baltimore Orioles' starter Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez owns a 3.97 ERA, 3.94 FIP, 3.58 xFIP, and 3.71 SIERA. While his K-rates have been right around his career averages, his BB% (7.9) and BB/9 (3.04) are both at career-best marks.

Guthrie is still not pitching.

The Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles will align themselves thusly:

Royals fans have to be hoping the hook for Infante and Rios is coming soon.