It is no secret by now, the Royals offense right now is scuffling. They have scored just six runs in their last 51 innings of baseball, and haven't scored more than three runs in a game since Friday, April 14 against the Angels. Ned thinks things are getting better though.
They will try to get right against Rangers right-hander Nick Martinez, who has a career ERA of 4.44 in 304 Major League innings with 3.6 walks-per-nine innings.
The Royals have been able to be somewhat competitive despite the offensive blackout due to dominant starting pitching. Ian Kennedy will try to keep that going tonight, building off his amazing performance last Sunday against the Angels, when he struck out ten in eight shutout innings. By Game Score, it was the third-best performance of his career, his best in a Royals uniform, and his best since 2011.
Kennedy has never won in Global Life Park in three starts, posting a 5.29 ERA with three home runs allowed in 17 innings.
#Royals vs RHP Martinez:— Joel Goldberg (@goldbergkc) April 22, 2017
Today's lineup for Rangers: pic.twitter.com/1GoKuw6MqU— Brandon George (@DMN_George) April 22, 2017