For the first time all season, the Royals are doing something well. Since the beginning of May, the Kansas City bats have been hot.
Among all 30 MLB teams, the @Royals in May rank:— Nick Kappel (@NickKappel) May 11, 2023
* 1st in R/G (7.0)
* 1st in XBH (43)
* 1st in SLG (.559)
* 1st in OPS (.931)
* T-1st in OBP (.372)
* 2nd in AVG (.302)
* T-2nd in HR (17)
That hard work on offense has paid off to the tune of a 4-5 record, thanks to a 5.33 ERA from the pitching staff in those nine games. They rank 26th in BB%, 23rd in WHIP, and 20th in K% during that stretch.
But the offense is cooking. Seven Royals have a wRC+ of at least 180 in those nine games. Michael Massey has a 232 wRC+ in seven of those games, while Salvador Perez has hit four homers thus far in May. That’s not to mention the red-hot Nick Pratto, who homered again last night.
The Royals have been top-3 in the league in HardHit% and average exit velocity nearly all season, so this outburst is a long time coming. As a result, they’ll have a chance to win their first series since April and just their 2nd of the season.
Kansas City sends a reeling Brady Singer to the mound. After a breakout season last year, Singer has been absolutely smoked in his seven starts, to the tune of an 8.82 ERA.
There has also been a weather update. The game is expected to start at 2:10 PM CDT due to a rain delay.
Today's game has an expected start time of 2:10 p.m. CT. https://t.co/I8uBSEV3Dj— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 11, 2023
Here are the lineup’s for this afternoon’s matchup: