The best team in baseball is coming to the K. The Astros’ 41-16 record is by far the best in baseball, six games better than the next best team. They have outscored opponents by 102 runs this year. They are in the middle of a ten-game winning streak, and have won their last ten road games as well. This could get ugly.
The game times and matchups are as follows:
- Monday, June 5, 7:15 PM CDT - Mike Fiers (R) versus Ian Kennedy (R)
- Tuesday, June 6, 7:15 PM CDT - David Paulino (R) versus TBA (Jake Junis?)
- Wednesday, June 7, 7:15 PM CDT - Dallas Keuchel (L) versus Jason Vargas (L)
- Thursday, June 8, 7:15 PM CDT - Lance McCullers (R) versus Jason Hammel (R)
Astros at Royals pitching matchups
|Dallas Keuchel (L)||11||75.2||69||24.4||18||6.4||1.67||3.00||2.77||2.95||1.9||3.2|
|Jason Vargas (L)||11||69.1||54||19.7||16||5.8||2.08||3.16||4.37||4.27||1.8||2.9|
|Lance McCullers Jr.||12||69.2||81||28.2||21||7.3||2.71||2.96||2.66||2.94||1.8||1.6|
Drawing both Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers in the series is less than ideal for the Royals. Keuchel has the lowest ERA in baseball amongst qualified starters. Some of his success owes to his .222 BABIP, but he also throws the fewest pitches in the zone of any qualified pitcher and induces more grounders than anyone else. That he doesn’t walk many despite not throwing many actual strikes is a minor miracle, but it probably owes to craftiness. McCullers, on the other hand, gets by on sheer filth.
Rookie David Paulino will make his second start of the season for Houston. His first only lasted four innings but saw him strike out eight while walking just one. Mike Fiers has been cromulent.
Astros position players
|Marwin Gonzalez (S)||Util||159||12||25||34||3||.313||.408||.634||.433||179||1.7||1.6|
|Josh Reddick (L)||RF||204||6||32||22||2||.266||.330||.435||.327||107||0.9||0.9|
|Brian McCann (L)||C||147||6||14||25||1||.242||.354||.411||.331||110||0.7||0.7|
|Carlos Beltran (S)||DH||198||7||26||21||0||.255||.303||.429||.314||98||-0.1||0.0|
|Nori Aoki (L)||LF||131||1||11||8||3||.256||.308||.316||.272||69||-0.3||0.2|
The Astros are the highest scoring offense in baseball. Their 120 wRC+ outpaces their nearest competitor by a full five points. They are slashing .277/.345/.467 with a .347 wOBA. The bulk of the Royals lineup wishes their line on the season was as good as the entire Astros’ team combined. In terms of fWAR, only the Nationals and Reds have been better than the Astros’ 10.9 mark, and both of them have enjoyed their success thanks to stronger defensive performances than the Astros. It should come as no surprise that their attack has been spearheaded by the triumvirate of José Altuve, Carlos Correa, and George Springer. More surprising? Marwin Gonzalez’s breakout.
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