Cincinnati Reds (18-20) at Kansas City Royals (24-14)
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 19, 2015, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kansas City Royals / Cincinnati Reds --- Over/Under:
The Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals begin a two-game series Tuesday night.
The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Reds have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last six games. The Reds have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips have combined for 80 hits and 38 RBI while Todd Frazier has 23 RBI. The Cincinnati Reds have split their last eight games on the road. Johnny Cueto gets the ball, and he’s 3-3 with a 2.93 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. Cueto is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Royals have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Royals have won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 48 hits and 29 RBI while Kendrys Morales and Salvador Perez have combined for 51 RBI. The Kansas City Royals have won four of their last six games on their home field. Yordano Ventura takes the hill, and he’s 2-3 with a 5.36 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. This will be Ventura’s first career game against the Reds.
The Reds are 5-2 in their last 7 games following an off day and 21-8 in Cuetos last 29 starts. The Royals are 20-7 in their last 27 games following an off day and 19-7 in Venturas last 26 starts. The Reds are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.
Ventura has been a little shaky this season, while Cueto continues to give the Reds solid outtings that they haven't been able to take advantage of. Still, I like the Reds to get the job done with their ace on the hill.