2019-09-07 17:10:00 EDT
The Kansas City Royals and the Miami Marlins meet in game two of their three game interleague set in MLB action from Marlins Park on Saturday.
The Kansas City Royals will look to finish strong after winning 5 of their last 6 games following a 3-0 series-opening win on Friday. Hunter Dozier, Whit Merrifield and Ryan O’Hearn each went 2 for 4 with an RBI with Dozier belting a home run and O’Hearn chipping in a double. Adalberto Mondesi, Alex Gordon and Melbrys Viloria each added a base hit to finish off KC’s offense as a team in the win. Jorge Lopez got the win to improve to 3-7 on the year after tossing six shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out five on the way to the win. Ian Kennedy closed out the 9th for his 27th save of the season. Danny Duffy will start game two and is 5-6 with a 4.89 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. This will be Duffy’s first career start against Miami.
The Miami Marlins will look to get back on the board with a win after dropping game one on Friday. Jon Berti and Pablo Lopez each had a double while Curtis Granderson, Bryan Holaday, Lewis Brinson, Austin Dean and Neil Walker each had a base hit to cap off the Marlins’ offense as a team in the loss. Lopez took the loss on the mound, falling to 5-8 on the year after allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out six over 6.1 innings of work. Caleb Smith will start game two and is 8-9 with a 4.30 ERA and 148 strikeouts this season. This will be Smith’s first career start against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 5-1 in Duffy’s last 6 starts while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 road games. Miami is 1-5 in Smith’s last 6 starts and 18-41 in their last 59 games overall while the over is 12-4-1 in their last 17 home games. The under is 5-0-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Smith has gone from being arguably Miami’s lone bright spot for the rotation in an otherwise disappointing season to taking the loss in five of his last six starts, allowing five or more runs in four of his last five starts, including 17 runs, 16 earned, in 16 innings across his last three starts. Duffy’s return to the rotation from the IL was average, but the Royals have been playing the better baseball over the last week and are worth a shot at even money so I’ll side with Kansas City for a victory in game two on Saturday.