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

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Last Injuries

Kansas City Royals

  • Danny Duffy

    Hamstring
    Ques Fri | 10-day IL

    Duffy is on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain, and it is unknown if he will return against the Indians on Friday.

  • Jesse Hahn

    Elbow
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Hahn is on the 60-day injured list while recovering from surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is not expected to return until the early part of September.

  • Adalberto Mondesi

    Shoulder
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Mondesi has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a left shoulder subluxation, but he is expected to come off the IL during the start of September.

  • Cam Gallagher

    Oblique
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Gallagher has landed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain, and it is uncertain how long he will be out of action.

Texas Rangers

  • Jeffrey Springs

    Bicep
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Springs has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with tendinitis in his left biceps, and he is likely be sidelined until at least the start of September.

  • Adrian Sampson

    Back
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Sampson has hit the 10-day injured list with back spasms, and it is uncertain how much time he will miss.

  • Hunter Pence

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Pence is not expected to play in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Angels due to a day of rest.

  • Yohander Mendez

    Elbow
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Mendez has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a right UCL strain. He is not expected to return until the early part of September.

  • Nomar Mazara

    Oblique
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Mazara has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a left oblique strain, and there is currently no timetable for return.

  • Luke Farrell

    Jaw
    Early Sept | 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 the beginning of September.

  • Joe Palumbo

    Thumb
    day-to-day | questionable

    Palumbo exited his last outing with a blister on his left thumb, and it is unclear when he will make his next scheduled start.

  • Danny Santana

    Hamstring
    Out Tues | out

    Santana departed the previous game due to left hamstring tightness, and he will not be available for Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Angels.

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
Homer Bailey 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Jorge Bonifacio 5 5 20 3 7 3 0 0 3 10 0 7 0 .350 .500 .381
Whit Merrifield 127 126 532 84 159 33 9 14 64 252 16 95 8 .299 .474 .351
Hunter Dozier 104 104 387 60 111 23 7 22 69 214 2 102 1 .287 .553 .365
Brian Goodwin 103 74 301 50 85 23 2 11 34 145 4 88 2 .282 .482 .340
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
Ian Kennedy 49 0 148 58 1 51 3 1 17 0 0 1 12 866
Jake Diekman 48 0 125 63 8 33 3 0 23 0 0 1 23 783
Scott Barlow 44 0 152 69 3 49 6 3 29 0 0 7 29 966
Wily Peralta 42 0 121 24 2 45 7 1 28 0 0 4 19 673
Kevin McCarthy 38 0 123 24 2 51 3 3 25 0 0 0 17 625
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Cam Gallagher 45 36 0 20 5 1 0 1
Martin Maldonado 74 70 0 18 9 2 0 4
Meibrys Viloria 18 17 0 4 4 0 0 1
Adalberto Mondesi 82 82 0 0 0 6 0 0
Alex Gordon 119 117 0 0 0 1 5 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
Jesse Chavez 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Asdrubal Cabrera 10 8 32 6 11 5 0 1 10 19 4 4 0 .344 .594 .450
Danny Santana 98 81 355 63 108 21 6 21 58 204 13 107 6 .304 .575 .332
Hunter Pence 80 67 277 53 83 17 1 18 56 156 5 63 1 .300 .563 .362
Willie Calhoun 48 41 175 30 51 9 1 11 28 95 0 33 0 .291 .543 .337
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
Jose Leclerc 55 3 161 78 5 38 5 1 26 0 0 4 31 1012
Jesse Chavez 48 9 234 72 5 82 12 0 48 0 0 2 22 1307
Brett Martin 40 1 146 45 1 58 6 2 28 0 0 1 11 767
Shawn Kelley 39 0 115 34 1 43 8 1 17 0 0 2 7 614
Adrian Sampson 29 15 348 93 9 145 27 1 79 0 0 3 33 1912
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jeff Mathis 74 66 0 48 8 4 0 4
Isiah Kiner-Falefa 51 41 0 12 5 2 0 3
Jose Trevino 12 8 1 4 1 1 0 0
Ariel Jurado 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
Asdrubal Cabrera 10 8 0 0 0 7 0 0