Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals
MLB: 08.15 PM EST
June 20, 2018
The Kansas City Royals continued their freefall on Tuesday night, dropping their eighth straight contest and 14th in 15, 4-1 to the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals scratched out just four singles against a solid effort from Texas lefty Cole Hamels, continuing their descent towards the bottom of the league in offense. The Rangers’ victory was their fourth in a row.
STARTING PITCHERS: Texas RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-1, 6.55 ERA) vs. Kansas City RHP Jakob Junis (5-7, 4.43 ERA)
The Rangers recalled Bibens-Dirkx from Triple-A Round Rock to make Wednesday night’s start after projected starter Yohander Mendez was sent to the minors following an undisclosed violation of team rules. Bibens-Dirkx has made just two starts with the big club on the season, sporting an 0-2 ledger with a 6.55 ERA. Junis will be looking to right the ship for the Royals, having lost four straight decisions, including allowing a career-high six runs in his most recent outing, a loss to the defending champion Astros.
Kansas City is desperately in need of a shakeup to dig themselves out of the hole they’ve been in for the entire month of June. That spark may come in the form of Adalberto Mondesi, who is slated to begin making spot starts at shortstop for the Royals; a position that has been manned by Alcides Escobar and no one else since 2011. Mondesi projects as the shortstop of the future for Kansas City, and the injection of new blood into the lineup might just be the impetus Ned Yost’s club needs to break out of this slump in a big way. With a favorable pitching matchup against a team that hasn’t been great on the road this year, I’m looking for the sliding Royals to bounce back tonight.
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