Two of the league’s lowest-scoring lineups are set to face off at Comerica Park on Monday as the Kansas City Royals (19-52) are on the road to face the Detroit Tigers (30-40) for the first of a three-game series.
The Royals are kicking off a seven-game road trip after wrapping up a rough six-game homestand (1-5). They won only one out of three in their last series against the Angels, dropping the finale 5-2 on Sunday at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium.
Maikel Garcia was 3 for 4 with a double and two runs. The Tigers are playing the first of six games at home. They won three of four against the Twins in their last series, taking the finale 6-4 on Sunday at Target Field. Kerry Carpenter went 3 for 4 with a home run and two runs. Andy Ibanez also went 3 for 4 with two doubles and one RBI.
The Tigers have won two of three in the season series between the AL Central rivals, including a 6-4 victory in their most recent meeting on May 24 at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. Will Vest threw 1.1 scoreless innings of relief to get the win, and Alex Lange pitched the ninth to pick up his ninth save.
ON THE MOUND
Jordan Lyles (0-11, 6.89 ERA) is set to get the start for Kansas City. The RHP allowed five runs over six innings in his last start, a 5-4 home defeat against the Reds on Tuesday. He was charged with the loss, scattering five hits while striking out four and walking three.
Lyles is making his first appearance against the Tigers this season. Over two starts against the Tigers in 2022, Lyles was 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA over 14.2 innings. He had 12 strikeouts and three walks. Righty Michael Lorenzen (2-4, 4.23 ERA) is on the mound for Detroit.
He has made one prior start against the Royals this season, giving up five runs over 5.2 innings in an 8-5 road win on May 22. He gave up five hits and walked two while striking out five in the no-decision.
In his last start on Wednesday, Lorenzen took the loss at home against the Braves. He threw six innings and gave up six runs on nine hits, striking out three and walking two in the 6-5 defeat.
AT THE PLATE
The Kansas City offense is averaging 3.8 runs per game for the season, the third lowest in MLB, with a slash line of .233/.297/.379. Salvador Perez leads the team in OPS at .808.
The catcher is slashing .272/.308/.500 with 14 home runs, 37 RBIs, and 33 runs over 64 games. Against righties like Lorenzen this season, the Royals have a .664 OPS, third lowest in the league. Perez also is the team’s most productive hitter against right-handers with a .896 OPS in 178 at-bats.
Detroit is slashing .228/.301/.361 for the season and averaging 3.7 runs per game, second lowest in MLB. Riley Greene leads the team with a .805 OPS. The center fielder has five home runs, 18 RBIs, and 29 runs scored with a slash line of .296/.362/.443.
Detroit is averaging 5.2 runs per game in the last five with a stronger slugging percentage (.479). The Tigers have a .649 OPS against right-handers in 2023, the second lowest in MLB. With a .834 OPS over 155 at-bats, Greene also has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Kansas City is on a seven-game losing streak on the road, bringing their record to 9-24 in 2023. The Royals have scored 3.3 runs per game away from home while allowing 4.9 runs.
Detroit has gone 15-18 in front of their home fans this season, averaging 4.1 runs per game while surrendering 5.4. The teams have split their last 10 meetings head-to-head at Comerica Park, though Kansas City has the scoring advantage with an average final margin of 4.1-3.5.
The Royals are fifth in the AL Central, 16 games behind the division-leading Twins. The Tigers are fourth in the AL Central, six games behind the Twins.
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