The Kansas City Royals had a chance to beat the New York Mets in their three-game series over the weekend, but allowed things to get away on Sunday afternoon. Going into the 7th inning with a 4-3 lead, the Mets poured it on with 6 runs to go ahead comfortably by a score of 9-4. They’d ultimately go on for a 11-5 victory Sunday afternoon. What looked like was going to be a close one turned into a blowout for the Mets.
If the Mets’ bats are swinging like that down the stretch, you might want to pencil them into the postseason. The offense is their big question mark, which has been an inconsistent unit for them in 2019. Pitching wise, it’s hard to bet against the rotation that they have to throw at hitters.
The Royals move on with a trip to Baltimore for a meaningless series against the Orioles. Meaningless in the sense that this game has no impact on the postseason. It’s essentially a glorified spring training game, with the Royals and Orioles getting a look at some of their younger talent. They’re already scouting for a 2020 starting lineup. Don’t expect too much progress from either side next season, though.
Baltimore have been getting a good look at John Means, as the rookie will be getting his 24th appearance at Camden Yards tonight. He pitched in 3.1 innings to get a taste of major league action last season. This season, with an opening in the rotation, the Orioles have given Means an extended chance as a starter.
All in all, he’s been decent for a rookie, but we’ve been seeing him struggle recently. We’ll see what he can do against the Royals tonight at home in Baltimore. The Royals will look to Jorge Lopez, who has eclipsed his previous high of seven starts in a season.
Lopez will be expected to make his 31st appearance and 12th start in 2019 tonight. He hasn’t been good, but Lopez is a body that the Royals can throw out there in this lost season. Head below for our free Royals vs. Orioles pick.
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John Means is trying to keep it together down the stretch. He was pitching so well this season, especially for a rookie, but Means has recently found out that beating major league hitting is not going to be that easy all of the time. It can be a marathon for a lot of young pitchers who aren’t used to pitching this much against the best hitters in the world. Means was throttled in his most recent outings, both of which came against the Yankees.
So, he won’t have to face a lineup as good as the Yankees here, but his confidence has been shaken because of them. Means allowed 10 earned runs in 7.1 innings of play, with the Yanks winning by scores of 14-2 and 8-3. He was also struggling three outings ago against the Diamondbacks.
Means yielded 6 hits and 3 earned runs in 3.1 innings. He hasn’t made it past 3 innings since July 19th against the Red Sox. This will be his first look at the Royals in his career. Means should be getting a lot of run support against Jorge Lopez tonight, so he may not need a stellar performance for a Baltimore win Monday. We know that he probably isn’t going to get much help from the bullpen, who are dead last in the majors with a 6.08 ERA. Lopez will be seeking just his second win of the year tonight at Camden Yards.
Lopez has had opportunities to stick in a rotation since 2015, but was never able to get the job done. Nothing has changed in 2019 for him, as he looks like a guy who belongs in the minors. Lopez enters Monday with a 6.51 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. He has gotten punished for a 15.75 ERA, 2.62 WHIP, and .511 OBA in his last three starts.
Lopez has spent most of his time in the bullpen this season and was promoted in his most recent appearance to start against the Tigers. He was lost as he got exposed for 4 earned runs in 1.1 innings. Baltimore are hitting .429 with a .500 OBP in 7 at-bats against Lopez. The 26-year-old likely isn’t going to suddenly figure it out in Baltimore tonight. This looks like a nice spot for an OVER ticket to cash.