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Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals Preview and Predictions 05-16-2019 in MLB


Nomar Mazara attempts to build on a three-game hot streak when the Texas Rangers conclude a three-game series against the host Kansas City Royals on Thursday. Mozara matched his career high of four hits on Wednesday to help the Rangers post a 6-1 victory.

Mazara is 8-for-14 during the three-game run after scuffling through a 4-for-33 stretch over his previous nine appearances. Ronald Guzman and Willie Calhoun slugged two-run homers and Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo blast as the Rangers halted a five-game slide. The Royals have lost eight of their past 12 contests and allowed at least six runs in each of their last five setbacks. Kansas City shortstop Adalberto Mondesi reached base four times on three hits and a walk after going 3-for-20 with eight strikeouts over the previous five games.

TV: 1:15 p.m. ET, FS Southwest (Texas), FS Kansas City

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers RH Lance Lynn (4-3, 5.48 ERA) vs. Royals RH Homer Bailey (4-3, 4.83)

Lynn served up three homers in his last turn as he gave up three runs and six hits over seven innings in a loss to the Houston Astros. The 32-year-old won four of his previous five starts and gave up two or fewer runs in three of the outings. Lynn is 2-2 with a 5.13 ERA in seven career starts against the Royals and has struggled with Alex Gordon (10-for-19) while dominating Whit Merrifield (0-for-10).



Bailey has won his past two starts and four of his last six outings. The 33-year-old beat the Philadelphia Phillies in his last turn when he gave up one run and four hits over five innings. Bailey has never faced Texas but saw plenty of Hunter Pence (6-for-21, one homer) and Asdrubal Cabrera (5-for-17) during his time in the National League with the Cincinnati Reds.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Rangers placed SS Elvis Andrus (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list, recalled Calhoun and LHP Jeffrey Springs from Triple-A Nashville and optioned RHP Wei-Chieh Huang to the same affiliate.

2. Kansas City CF Billy Hamilton went 0-for-2 with two sacrifice hits to end a six-game hitting streak in which he went 8-for-21.

3. Logan Forsythe, who will play SS while Andrus is sidelined, is 7-for-11 with five doubles and a triple over the past three games.

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Stadium

Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Capacity: 40,052

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Last Injuries

Kansas City Royals

  • Brian Flynn

    Elbow
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Flynn is dealing with left elbow soreness and has been designated for the 10-day injured list. The club is aiming for him to return before the start of June.

  • Lucas Duda

    Back
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Duda was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a lumbar strain. He is likely to be out of commission until the early part of June.

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Texas Rangers

  • Scott Heineman

    Shoulder
    Early June | 60-day IL

    Heineman is on the 60-day injured list and is expected to be sidelined until at least the start of June while recovering from labrum surgery on his left shoulder.

  • Edinson Volquez

    Elbow
    Early Aug | 60-day IL

    Volquez has been designated for the 60-day injured list due to a right elbow strain. He is expected to be held out of action until at least the start of August.

  • Taylor Hearn

    Elbow
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Hearn is on the 10-day injured list with left elbow tightness and is likely out until at least the early part of June.

  • Luke Farrell

    Jaw
    Early June | 60-day IL

    Farrell is on the 60-day injured list as he is recovering from surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture in his jaw. He is expected to be shut down until at least the beginning of June.

  • Willie Calhoun

    Quadricep
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Calhoun has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a left quadriceps strain. There is currently no timetable for return.

  • Elvis Andrus

    Hamstring
    Prob Sat | 10-day IL

    Andrus sustained a right hamstring strain and has been placed on the 10-day injured list. He has begun a rehab assignment and is projected to return to the lineup Saturday against the Angels.

  • Joey Gallo

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Gallo is absent from the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Shawn Kelley

    Infection
    Prob Tues | probable

    Kelley has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recuperating from surgery to remove lumps from his vocal cords. He is expected to return to the bullpen for Tuesday's game versus the Mariners.

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kansas-city-royals Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Terrance Gore 19 6 26 6 10 1 1 0 1 13 5 7 4 .385 .500 .407
Nicky Lopez 8 8 33 5 10 3 0 0 1 13 0 5 0 .303 .394 .395
Hunter Dozier 45 45 159 23 48 9 3 10 29 93 1 37 1 .302 .585 .397
Brian Goodwin 45 38 141 27 42 9 1 4 15 65 2 38 1 .298 .461 .369
Whit Merrifield 49 48 202 38 59 14 6 6 23 103 8 34 5 .292 .510 .351
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Jake Diekman 23 0 60 29 5 9 0 0 7 0 0 0 9 345
Wily Peralta 21 0 64 12 0 24 3 0 14 0 0 2 13 370
Brad Boxberger 18 0 54 18 0 18 3 0 13 0 0 2 12 341
Ian Kennedy 18 0 59 23 0 23 2 0 7 0 0 1 2 331
Scott Barlow 17 0 72 38 3 19 3 0 9 0 0 3 8 439
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Martin Maldonado 38 36 0 13 6 1 0 4
Cam Gallagher 16 13 0 5 1 0 0 0
Adalberto Mondesi 48 48 0 0 0 3 0 0
Alex Gordon 46 46 0 0 0 1 4 0
Billy Hamilton 40 38 0 0 0 0 2 0

texas-rangers Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Willie Calhoun 6 5 23 5 10 1 0 2 7 17 0 2 0 .435 .739 .458
Elvis Andrus 38 38 157 25 51 9 1 6 26 80 8 28 2 .325 .510 .373
Danny Santana 30 23 105 21 33 7 1 4 13 54 6 32 1 .314 .514 .360
Hunter Pence 33 26 109 24 34 7 0 10 31 71 1 22 1 .312 .651 .364
Logan Forsythe 35 32 117 20 36 11 1 3 22 58 1 30 0 .308 .496 .410
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Jesse Chavez 21 2 77 20 2 30 6 0 15 0 0 1 9 454
Jose Leclerc 20 1 59 30 3 15 2 0 11 0 0 1 13 362
Chris Martin 19 0 58 19 0 21 6 0 10 0 0 2 3 304
Connor Sadzeck 16 0 57 21 0 10 2 1 5 0 0 2 9 300
Jeanmar Gomez 16 0 46 10 1 23 2 0 15 0 0 1 6 270
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jeff Mathis 25 24 0 19 3 1 0 1
Isiah Kiner-Falefa 28 23 0 7 4 0 0 3
Ariel Jurado 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Asdrubal Cabrera 41 40 0 0 0 3 0 0
Danny Santana 30 23 0 0 0 4 0 0