Baltimore (A Brooks) (@2.0) vs Kansas City (D Duffy) (@1.8)
01-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Kansas City (D Duffy) will win
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Baltimore (A Brooks) – Kansas City (D Duffy) Match Prediction | 01-09-2019 14:15

His 6.51 ERA ranks fifth worst in baseball among pitchers with 80+ innings thi syear, which means there are four guys worse. So yeah, baseball is weird and anything can happen and the Orioles are bad enough that maybe Lopez can put together a solid start. NO WALKS. I said all that, but last year he did keep them down, allowing just one run on five hits in seven innings against them with eight strikeouts and, you ready for this? The Royals counter with Jorge Lopez, who has been given a second life in the rotation with the Danny Duffy injury. He was so bad in his first start that he was skipped and not even used in relief between starts (though the starters have been quite good since he defecated all over himself against the Tigers). His biggest issue comes against lefties, and the Orioles can run six or seven out there against him, so while theyre not good, I have very little faith that he can keep them down.

Mike Gillislee, who missed the majority of the summer due to a hamstring injury, should get short-yardage and goal line work. On two of those carries, he advanced the ball from the 5-yard line to the goal line and punched it in on the next play. Gillislee was an efficient goal line runner in Buffalo.He scored seven touchdowns on 10 carries inside the 5-yard-line (or at the 5).

It's going to mean a lot to us as a team, not just the defense. We want to lead out with the right foot. I mean, the game with (Chiefs coach) Andy Reid, you give this guy enough time and he'll come up with something he's never done before. This is our stepping stool toward what we want our team to be, our identity, and all that good stuff. "The hardest game is probably the first game. You don't know what the other team has prepared, but neither do they.

Thats a formula for success that can be replicated and one that Im a little surprised were seeing from Montgomery. Hes striking guys out, not walking them and limiting extra base hits. To finish the series for the Royals, Mike Montgomery will continue to try to make me look silly for disliking trading for him. He had a rough go of it in the first start with the team, but really he likely just ran out of steam in the third after not starting all year and not having pitched in two and a half weeks. If he can continue using all his pitches, and his changeup, curve and cutter were all outstanding against the Mets, he can be very successful, especially against a lackluster team. Since then, hes posted a 2.30 ERA in five starts and in his last four, he has a 14 percent swinging strike rate and 2.42 ERA in 22.1 innings.

Disclaimer

The Kansas City Royals will look to bounce back after dropping the rubber match of their series with the Cleveland Indians to start the week, losing the series finale by a final score of 5-3 last time out. In his career, Duffy is 2-3 with a 4.86 ERA and 24 strikeouts against Toronto. Humberto Arteaga went 2 for 4 with a double while Cam Gallagher, Cheslor Cuthbert and Whit Merrifield each contributed base hits as well in the defeat. Lucas Duda had a solo home run while Billy Hamilton had a double and an RBI and Alex Gordon added an RBI of his own to round out KCs scoring as a team in the losing effort. Danny Duffy will start game one and is 3-3 with 4.48 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. Jakob Junis took the loss, falling to 4-7 on the year after allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out four over six innings of work.

Gaines got worked by the Bengals receivers in the second preseason game. He was pitted against A.J. Phillip Gaines seems in line to start opposite Marcus Peters. The Chiefs recently put Steven Nelson on injured reserve. Malone beat Gaines on a comeback route for a 15-yard completion on a 4th-and-4. Green (not a fair matchup) and Josh Malone (a rookie fourth-round pick).

Trent Thornton allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out four over 3.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. This will be Reid-Foleys second career start against Kansas City. Danny Jansen went 3 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs while Cavan Biggio went 3 for 4 to round out Torontos scoring as a team in the loss. Nick Kingham took the loss, falling to 2-1 on the year. Sean Reid-Foley will start game one and is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. The Toronto Blue Jays will look for a bounce back performance after being swept by the New York Yankees, including an 8-7 heartbreaker in the series finale last time out. went 3 for 5 with a pair of home runs, a double and four RBIs. Randal Grichuk, Rowdy Tellez, Freddy Galvis and Brandon Drury each had base hits to finish off Torontos offense as a team in the losing effort.