Things are not going well for the Kansas City Royals at the moment. Aside from the five-ish minutes of time in the spotlight when they took Bobby Witt Jr. in the first round of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft on Monday evening, this week of Royals baseball has been mostly miserable.
Kansas City has lost its last five games, eight of its last 10 overall, and is currently tied with the Orioles for the worst record in baseball at 19-42. Last year’s squad, losers of 104 games, was 21-40 through 61 games. The only team in Royals history to get off to a worse start through 61 games was the 2006 team who limped into game 62 with a record of 16-45. Somehow, they still have a better run differential than the 29-31 Pittsburgh Pirates.
This series against the Red Sox has been especially gruesome, as they have been outscored 16-3 over the first two games. That includes Chris Sale’s complete game shutout last night. Across the shutout, Sale struck out 12 Royals, never allowed a runner to reach second base, and completed an immaculate inning in the 8th.
For the second time this year, Chris Sale was immaculate. pic.twitter.com/VUYRxaONdo— MLB (@MLB) June 6, 2019
Danny Duffy will look to help the Royals avoid the sweep and their 6th consecutive loss with a bounce back start. After opening the season by giving up fewer than three runs in four of his first six starts, a 6th inning Joey Gallo grand slam last Friday all but ruined Duffy’s evening, finishing with six earned runs across 5.1 innings.
Duffy gave up just two singles through five innings before allowing six of the first seven Rangers to reach base in the 6th, ending with Gallo’s grand slam. He will look to rebound against 28-year-old journeyman Ryan Weber, who is making just his 3rd start on the season. No Royals batter has ever taken an at-bat against Weber.
Here are your lineups for this afternoon matchup: