MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Boston1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 780
Kansas City0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 170
  W: M. Pérez (5-4)   L: B. Keller (6-7)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)2:10 PM CT, June 19, 2021
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 24,568

Royals tinker with rotation against Red Sox

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Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals

  1. These two teams have not faced each other since 2019. The Red Sox took five of six games that season, including two of three at Kauffman Stadium. Boston was 10-2 against Kansas City in 2018 and 2019, but the Royals won 11 of 19 from 2015 to 2017.
  2. The Red Sox are one of two teams to have won at least 20 games at home and on the road (Giants). Boston has won three straight after losing four out of its previous six. The Red Sox scored 10-plus runs in each of their last two games and have 10 games with double-figure runs, second to only the Reds' 11.
  3. The Royals have lost six straight and 11 of 12 games. Five of those 11 losses were by one run, including the last two games, and Kansas City scored three or fewer runs in nine of the 12 games.
  4. Alex Verdugo is 5-for-14 (.357) with a homer and four RBI in his last three games, scoring at least one run in each of those games. The Red Sox are 27-4 when he scores at least a run compared to 15-23 when he does not (including games Verdugo does not play).
  5. Salvador Perez is batting .328 in June compared to .276 in the first two months. He hit his 17th home run of the season in his last game and has 25.8 percent of KC's homers (17 of 66). That's the second highest percent of a team's home runs by any player this season, behind Fernando Tatis Jr. (28.6 percent of San Diego's homers).
  6. Nick Pivetta allowed a career-high four homers on Saturday versus the Blue Jays. Prior to that game, he allowed five home runs in his first 12 starts. Jackson Kowar has made two career starts (both losses), allowing eight runs in two innings in those two outings.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/18/2021 thru 6/20/2021

After snapping a six-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night, the Kansas City Royals will look for their second straight win against the Sox on Saturday afternoon.

Instead of using an opener for a second straight day, the Royals will move up their next two starters.

Right-hander Brad Keller (6-6, 6.14 ERA), originally slated to start Sunday, will be Saturday's starter instead. The Red Sox will counter with Martin Perez (4-4, 4.52).

With an off day Thursday, Keller and Sunday's starter, left-hander Mike Minor, were able to be moved up a day and still be kept on regular rest. Even though Keller, 25, has struggled, he has been more consistent than the other young starters. Royals manager Mike Matheny is using everything he can think of to get his young rotation back on track.

"We'd talked about from the beginning we were going to try to be as creative as we can throughout the long haul of this season," Matheny said. "Whether it's to cut a guy short or skip a guy or having a six-man (rotation) at some point, which we really haven't (done).

"But it's just not taking anything off the table to help our guys through this. I think it's really well documented right now that baseball is struggling to keep their starters on the mound. This is just trying to think outside the box a little bit and maybe help out some of our younger guys."

Matheny needs Keller to return to the form that led him to being the team's opening-day starter. He had chipped away at an ERA that was at 12.00 after four starts. He lowered it for eight straight starts after that, but in his past two, he has allowed 11 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings.

"Brad looked like he had good velocity and good movement," Matheny said after Keller's start against Detroit on Monday. "He just had trouble putting it where he wanted to.

Perez is struggling as well.

Like Keller, he has lost his past two starts, allowing 11 earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings. Against the Blue Jays in his most start, last Sunday, he surrendered three home runs, including a first-inning, three-run shot. He was pulled in the second inning of Boston's 18-4 loss. The onslaught included season highs in runs and hits (20) allowed, as well as a franchise-record eight home runs given up.

"It's gonna happen, games like this," said Perez, who allowed five runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings. "Once a year it's gonna happen, and it happened tonight to us."

Boston has won three of its past four games but has given up eight runs in two of them.

"It's been a horrible week for us, pitching-wise," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "For us to keep going and stay where we are (in playoff position), we have to pitch."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 19, 2021

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