The Red Scare is coming to Kansas City, as Putin’s fearsome band of ballplayers look to wreak havoc in America’s Heartland. Both teams still puzzlingly have a shot of making the playoffs despite neither team being particularly good. Russian hackers surely have something to do with all of this. Putin’s squad has the luxury of facing a Royals team that hasn’t scored in their past three games.
Alex McDonald from numberFire sent their odds for each game of the series over. They are as follows:
The game times and pitching matchups are as follows:
- Monday, August 28, 7:15 PM CDT - Comrade Pruitt versus Ian Kennedy
- Tuesday, August 29, 7:15 PM CDT - Comrade Cobb versus Jake Junis
- Wednesday, August 30, 7:15 PM CDT - Comrade Odorizzi versus Jason Vargas (L)
Rays at Royals pitching matchups
|Jason Vargas (L)||25||145.1||111||18.2||44||7.2||3.72||4.29||4.43||4.74||1.9||3.8|
The Rays are favored on the road in all three matchups. One quick look at the pitching matchups (and taking the Royals putrid offense of late into account) lets those odds mostly check out.
Austin Pruitt’s 5.79 ERA might be unsightly, but his advanced metrics suggest that he’s pitched better than Ian Kennedy this year. Jake Junis does not matchup favorably with Alex Cobb, who has pitched better in nearly every regard. Vargas is the only one who could reasonably lay claim to an advantage in a vacuum over his foe, former Royals’ farmhand Jake Odorizzi, but he’s hardly looked good for the past two months or so, and he has to face the better offense.
Devil Rays position players
|Steven Souza Jr.||RF||522||28||69||75||13||.253||.359||.493||.362||130||3.8||4.1|
|Corey Dickerson (L)||LF||540||25||75||58||4||.291||.338||.513||.355||125||3.3||2.8|
|Logan Morrison (L)||1B||500||31||62||70||2||.244||.350||.512||.359||128||3.2||3.0|
|Kevin Kiermaier (L)||CF||304||10||36||28||11||.267||.333||.443||.331||109||1.7||3.3|
|Lucas Duda (L)||DH||105||7||12||12||0||.202||.343||.488||.348||120||0.5||0.7|
|Danny Espinosa (S)||IF||6||0||0||0||0||.200||.333||.200||.262||61||0.0||0.0|
|Brad Miller (L)||2B||324||6||30||30||4||.192||.333||.321||.294||83||-0.4||0.3|
The Rays have used a lot of position players this year. Lucas Duda, Adeiny Hechevarría, and Danny Espinosa started the season in other organizations. As a unit, their position players have been the eighth-most valuable squad in the game. Their 99 wRC+ built off a .246/.320/.425 slash and .318 wOBA is the 11th-best mark in the game. While their defense is middle-of-the-road, they are the best team in baseball on the base paths per BaseRuns. Damn those reds.
How will the Royals fare against Putin’s Red Army?
This poll is closed
Royals take two of three
Devil Rays take two of three
Devil Rays sweep, sowing unrest in America’s Heartland
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