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    The Pittsburgh Pirates (58-73) have lost two games in a row as they ready to square off against the Kansas City Royals (41-91), who have lost three in a row. The Pirates are favored (-113) to halt their streak in Monday’s matchup, which begins at 8:10 PM ET at Kauffman Stadium. Pittsburgh’s Johan Oviedo and Kansas City’s Zack Greinke will start this matchup.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Pirates vs. Royals

    • Game Day: Monday, August 28, 2023
    • Game Time: 8:10 PM ET
    • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
    • Stadium: Kauffman Stadium
    Pirates vs Royals Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Pirates -113 9

    How Do I Watch the Pirates vs. the Royals?

    • TV Channel: BSKC

    Pirates Stats & Trends

    Pirates Batting

    • The Pirates have hit 127 home runs this season, the fifth-lowest total in MLB action.
    • Pittsburgh ranks 27th in MLB with a .234 batting average.
    • The Pirates’ .313 on-base percentage is 23rd in MLB.
    • Pittsburgh strikes out 8.9 times per game, the No. 21 average in the majors.
    • The Pirates average 1.1 home runs per road game this season (71 total on the road).
    • Pittsburgh has a .389 slugging percentage and is averaging 3.1 extra-base hits per game away from home.
    • The club averages 7.6 hits per game and is batting .226 on the road this season.

    Pirates Key Batters

    • Bryan Reynolds has 122 hits to go with a slugging percentage of .458, both of which rank first among Pittsburgh hitters this season. He has a .263 batting average and an on-base percentage of .324.
    • He ranks 60th in batting average, 87th in on-base percentage, and 48th in slugging among all qualifying hitters in MLB.
    • Andrew McCutchen has 93 hits this season and a team-best OBP of .372. He’s batting .252 and slugging .396.
    • He is 87th in batting average, 13th in on-base percentage and 111th in slugging in MLB.
    • Ke’Bryan Hayes has collected 99 base hits, an OBP of .300 and a slugging percentage of .427 this season.
    • Jack Suwinski has been key for Pittsburgh with 70 hits, an OBP of .332 plus a slugging percentage of .434.

    Royals Stats & Trends

    Royals Batting

    • The Royals’ 127 home runs rank 26th in MLB this season.
    • Kansas City has a team batting average of .242 this season, which ranks 20th among MLB teams.
    • The Royals have an OBP of just .299 this season, which ranks 29th in MLB.
    • Kansas City ranks 15th with an average of 8.6 strikeouts per game.
    • They have averaged 1.0 home runs per game in their 63 home contests this season.
    • In 63 home games this season, it is slugging .411 with 183 hits going for extra bases.
    • They are averaging 8.7 base hits per game and batting .258 as a team at home this season.

    Royals Key Batters

    • Bobby Witt Jr. has accumulated an on-base percentage of .318, a slugging percentage of .502, and has 146 hits, all club-highs for the Royals (while batting .278).
    • Including all qualified hitters, he is 25th in batting average, while his on-base percentage is 100th and he is 20th in slugging.
    • Salvador Perez has 19 doubles, 19 home runs and 18 walks while batting .248. He’s slugging .417 with an on-base percentage of .292.
    • Including all qualified hitters, his batting average puts him 99th, his on-base percentage is 132nd, and he is 90th in slugging.
    • Maikel Garcia is hitting .279 with 17 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 27 walks.
    • MJ Melendez is hitting .232 with 27 doubles, four triples, 12 home runs and 43 walks.

    Pirates vs. Royals Probable Pitchers

    Johan Oviedo (PIT) Pitcher Zack Greinke (KC)
    7 – 13 W/L 1 – 12
    145.1 IP 114.2
    4.46 ERA 5.02
    1.328 WHIP 1.238
    8.0 K/9 6.1
    3.8 BB/9 1.2

    Pirates vs. Royals Injury Updates

    • Pirates: Henry Davis: 10 Day IL (Hand), Carmen Mlodzinski: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Vince Velásquez: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Angel Perdomo: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Tucupita Marcano: 60 Day IL (Knee), Oneil Cruz: 60 Day IL (Ankle), Jarlin García: 60 Day IL (Arm), Max Kranick: 60 Day IL (Elbow), JT Brubaker: 60 Day IL (Elbow)
    • Royals: Nick Pratto: 10 Day IL (Groin), Daniel Lynch: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Brad Keller: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Josh Taylor: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Kris Bubic: 60 Day IL (Flexor), Josh Staumont: 60 Day IL (Neck), Vinnie Pasquantino: 60 Day IL (Shoulder)

    Recent Scores and Betting Lines for the Pirates and Royals (Last 10 Games)


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