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Royals' Brady Singer seeks more K's vs. Rays

According to STATS
According to STATS

Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. The Royals won two of three versus the Rays last month, giving them their first series win in this matchup since May 2017. Kansas City, which is 8-18 versus Tampa Bay since that 2017 series victory, has not won multiple series against the Rays in a single season since 2015.
  2. Kansas City was swept in Minnesota, scoring only two runs while striking out 33 times over the three contests. It marked the first series in franchise history in which the Royals scored fewer than three runs and struck out 30+ times.
  3. Vinnie Pasquantino's five home runs this month are tied with Shohei Ohtani for the most in the American League. All of them have come during his current nine-game hit streak, during which time he is batting .469 (15/32) with a 1.497 OPS and only two strikeouts.
  4. The Rays won the first two games of their series against the Yankees and led 7-4 entering the bottom of the 10th inning last night before Josh Donaldson's walkoff grand slam. It was their eighth walkoff loss of 2022, tied with the Red Sox and Yankees for the most in MLB.
  5. Harold Ramirez, who is 2-for-9 with a home run since returning from the IL on Tuesday, leads the American League with a .373 batting average and ranks fourth in the AL with a .945 OPS since June 1 (minimum 100 plate appearances).
  6. Luis Patino faced the Royals in his last MLB appearance, allowing three runs over 4.0 innings in a July 23 start. Max Castillo has pitched 3.1 scoreless innings in two appearances against the Rays this year.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/18/2022 thru 8/21/2022

Amid another tough week across a trying season, the Kansas City Royals could use an encore performance of pitcher Brady Singer's earlier outing against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Royals, who fell 7-1 to the Rays on Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla., in the opener of a four-game series, will turn to Singer (6-4, 3.29 ERA) on Friday night.

When the two squads met for three games right after the All-Star break, the 26-year-old right-hander authored one of his most overpowering efforts of the season.

On July 23 in the middle game of the series, Singer dominated over five hitless innings. With the visitors trailing 3-0, Tampa Bay's Roman Quinn broke up the no-hit bid with a drag bunt leading off the sixth. It was his first start for the team.

Over six-plus innings, Singer established a career high with 12 strikeouts while showcasing an overwhelming slider that had Rays batters flailing. He gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks in a no-decision.

"He threw some really good changeups, but the slider was wipeout today," Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said after the game. "To get 12 strikeouts, it had to be one of those disappearing sliders and throwing it in the right part of the zone and strikes when we wanted to. One of the best we've seen from him."

Including that start and his four since, Singer holds a pedestrian 2-1 mark over 32 1/3 innings, but his ERA over that span dazzles at 1.67 -- lowering his season number from 4.02 to 3.29. In two of the five outings, he allowed no runs in a combined 13 innings.

Despite the strong showing last month, Singer is 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA in two career starts against the Rays. On May 27, 2021, Tampa Bay lit him up for six runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings, handing Singer a 7-2 loss in St. Petersburg.

The Rays, coming off a troubling 8-7, 10-inning loss in the Bronx on Wednesday that prevented them from sweeping the New York Yankees, rebounded with the big victory in the series opener against the Royals. Tampa Bay blew the game open with a five-run seventh inning.

Leadoff hitter Yandy Diaz was the focal point for the Rays during the game and after it.

The 31-year-old third baseman slugged a leadoff homer in the first inning, then added a two-run single in the seventh. However, he left the game as the teams changed sides, with the Rays announcing he was removed because of left knee soreness.

"He's totally fine," manager Kevin Cash said postgame. "We took him out precautionary. We expect to bring him off the bench (on Friday). He will hit off the bench (if we need him)."

Added Brandon Lowe of Diaz: "He's Mr. Consistent for us. ... Honestly, he's probably the only bat that's been in the lineup for us the whole year."

Cash will send out staff ace Shane McClanahan (11-5, 2.28 ERA) for his 23rd start on Friday. The left-hander has lost two of his past three starts and has watched his ERA grow from 1.71 to 2.28 since the All-Star Break.

In his one career start against the Royals -- against Singer on May 27, 2021 -- McClanahan fired five scoreless innings for the win. He struck out six without a walk and scattered three hits.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 19, 2022