The MLB is reaching an exciting stretch as we are entering the final parts of the season. With fifteen games up on the board for Saturday night, I expect another exciting day of baseball. One of the less exciting games on the board will be between the Kansas City Royals and the Miami Marlin. Both teams are eliminated from postseason contention, but are still trying to finish the season strong. This game will start at 6:10 PM Eastern time.
Kansas City has earned a record of 52-90 on the season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the AL Central. The Royals are ahead of the Detroit Tigers, but have had a disappointing season. Kansas City has had a nice stretch, winning five of their last six games and will look to keep that streak up as they try to put up a respectable end to the season.
The Marlins have gone 50-90 this season so far, which has them in last place of the NL East and the entire National League. Miami has put up a respectable 2-2 record up in their last four games. After losing the first game of this series on Friday night, the Marlins will look to bounce back with a win in the second game on Saturday night.
These two teams have had a solid run over their last few games and will look to try and keep it up as they finish out this season. Neither team has had a good season, but both teams will look to get the better of each other in this series. I believe that the second game of this series should be another good one after Friday night’s tilt.
Before this series, the Marlins were able to put up a solid fight against the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates. Miami won two of their three road games against the Pirates, including a one run win in the tenth inning of the first game. Kansas City was able to win two games against the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers in back to back three game series before this series.
The first game of this series was on Friday night. The Royals took the lead with an RBI single in the third inning. Kansas City added a run in the seventh inning and Hunter Dozier iced the game with a homer in the eighth inning. Jorge Lopez got the win as he pitched six innings and only allowed four hits as the Royals pulled away with a 3-0 win on the road.
This three game series between Kansas City and Miami is the first one since 2016 and the only one this series. These two teams have been doing well for the seasons they have been having coming into this series. The first game was a close defensive battle and I expect another solid matchup between these two clubs on Saturday night.
Whit Merrifield has had a strong season for Kansas City so far. He has put up 183 hits, 16 home runs and 72 RBI’s. Alex Gordan has put up 132 hits, 12 homers and 67 RBI’s. Jorge Soler has put up 191 hits, 40 home runs and 101 RBI’s, while Hunter Dozier has 129 hits, 25 homers and 78 RBI’s. Ryan O’Hearn also has double digit home runs on the season.
Starlin Castro has earned 150 hits, 17 home runs and 74 RBI’s for the Marlins this season. Miguel Rojas has 111 hits, but only 5 home runs on the season. Jorge Alfaro has put up 101 hits, 14 home runs and 46 RBI’s. Garrett Cooper has 98 hits, 14 homers and 49 RBI’s on the season. Harold Ramirez and Curtis Granderson also have double digit homers this year.
Both of these teams boast some solid hitters in their lineup this season. The Royals are a little stronger up front, but I believe that the Marlins have a deeper lineup. Miami could not get anything going on Friday night, so I expect them to make some adjustments on Saturday to try and get some runs on the board early.
Danny Duffy will start on the mound for Kansas City on Saturday night. Duffy has posted a record of 5-6 throughout 19 starts this season. He has an ERA of 4.89 and a WHIP of 1.397 in those starts. Duffy’s last start came against the Baltimore Orioles, where he allowed three earned runs and seven hits through six and a third innings pitched for a no decision.
Caleb Smith is going to get the start for the Marlins in Saturday’s matchup. Smith has an 8-9 record through 23 starts this season. He has a 4.30 ERA and a 1.136 WHIP. Smith’s last start was against Washington Nationals on September 1. He allowed seven hits and six earned runs through five and a third innings pitched as he took his ninth loss of the season.
These two pitchers have had solid seasons for their clubs. Smith has put up better stats, but he is coming off a tough loss in his last matchup. Duffy was not great in his last start, but didn’t allow as many runs. I believe that Smith will come out quick to try and bounce back after his loss in the last game. If Smith has a good start, I believe that the Marlins can pull off a big win on Saturday night.
These two teams have not had great seasons, but I believe that Saturday night’s game will be close. The Marlins got shut out on Friday night, despite earning seven hits. I believe that Miami will bounce back with a big win though on Saturday. The Marlins have the better starting pitcher on the mound and have solid depth in their hitting lineup.
BetOnline has Miami listed as a -112 against the money line on Saturday night. This gives a slight advantage to the Marlins over Kansas City. I believe that this line is solid as Miami is looking to bounce back at home after a loss. Both teams have been doing well over their last few games, but I like the Marlins to take the second game of this series to tie it up.