American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, June 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Oakland Athletics (22-30) at Kansas City Royals (22-28), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Brandon McCarthy (3-3, 2.95)
Kansas City - Luke Hochevar (3-5, 6.19)
(Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals look to continue their recent surge
as they battle the Oakland Athletics in the middle matchup of their three-game
series at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals kept the ball rolling in the series opener on Friday with a 2-0
shutout victory, which was their fifth win in their last six games. Kansas
City's starter Felipe Paulino (3-1) surrendered only three hits during six
strong innings. The bullpen did not give up a hit in the final three innings,
which was capped by a Jonathan Broxton save.
Today, it will be right-hander Luke Hochevar's turn for the home team.
Hochevar only pitched 4 2/3 innings in his last start, but he gave up only one
earned run to the Orioles in that outing. The Royals' starter is 0-6 with a
6.39 ERA in seven career starts versus Oakland. Hochevar has also struggled at
home, going 0-3 with a 9.87 ERA at Kauffman Stadium.
Despite the series-opening win, Kansas City's 6-17 mark is the worst home
record in the major leagues.
"We just have to play better at home, it's as simple as that," Royals manager
Ned Yost said. "We can come up with all the excuses we want, but it doesn't
Kansas City showed an offensive spark in the first inning of Friday's win as
Yuniesky Betancourt drove in a run with a double in his first game since May
1 and Mike Moustakas reached base in three of his four at-bats while also
providing an RBI. However, the Royals were unimpressive the rest of the way. A
no-out, based-loaded situation yielded no positive results and Kansas City
ended up leaving seven on base and going 2-for-7 with runners in scoring
Oakland's Bartolo Colon (4-6) pitched well despite the loss. Brandon McCarthy
(3-3) was activated in time to take the mound for Oakland today. The righty
hasn't started since May 17 after heading to the disabled list with an injury
to his right shoulder.
McCarthy went 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in his last four starts before heading to
the DL. The 6-7 right-hander will hope for a little run support from the
frustrating A's offense.
Oakland was shut out for a major league-leading 10th time on Friday. It was
the sixth time the A's were blanked in their last 16 games. The team struck
out a total of nine times and left the same number on base.
One of the team's three hits was neutralized when Jemile Weeks was caught
"We're just trying to do a little too much, obviously, with the baserunning
mistakes we made in situations where we're not running," Oakland manager Bob
Melvin said. "In Weeks' case, he's just trying to do a little too much."
The Athletics are clearly in a quicksand like slump currently.
"It's getting embarrassing." said Josh Reddick, who went 1-for-4 on Friday.
"You won't see it happen a whole lot from the 1-through-9 slot, where
everybody's just not getting anything done."
Oakland won two of three versus the Royals in early April.
06/02 10:39:04 ET