The 8-24 Royals take on the 6-26 Athletics in a true test of baseball fandom. Neither team has played well this year, but there may be some signs of life lately with improved hitting from the Royals and improved pitching from the A’s. Of course, there was nowhere to go but up and it hasn’t translated into wins or anything!
Brad Keller has a decent ERA this year at 3.56, but he leads the American League in walks. Bobby Witt Jr. gets the night off with Maikel Garcia starting at shortstop. Nick Pratto goes from Triple-A to cleanup hitter in a week!
Brad Keller heads to the mound to open the weekend series vs. the Athletics.#WelcomeToTheCity pic.twitter.com/tEZT2zC7Ry— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 5, 2023
The A’s lineup has a couple of old friends that played in the Royals’ farm system - centerfielder Esteury Ruiz and designated hitter Brent Rooker.
Friday night in KC. pic.twitter.com/elIaX37iXh— Oakland A's (@Athletics) May 5, 2023
Game time is 7:10 CT on Bally Sports Kansas City.