Fourth-Place Teams Wrap Up Interleague Set
The Arizona Diamondbacks look for a second straight win and the sweep of a brief two-game series with the host Kansas City Royals when the two teams square off again on Wednesday night. Arizona won the series opener on Tuesday night, snapping a three-game losing streak, and is in fourth place in the National League West.
Kansas City has dropped three of its last four and is in fourth place in the American League Central, 2½ games ahead of the fifth-place Detroit Tigers. The series opener was a back-and-forth affair, so before you bet online on the final game of the series, read our in-depth preview of the contest.
Diamondbacks Use Late Rally
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ offense was quiet for much of the game on Tuesday, but they put up five runs over the final two frames to pull out a 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. First baseman Christian Walker had the big hit in a three-run eighth inning with an RBI double, part of his three-hit night.
“That’s what every team’s playing for to some extent, that hit with traffic on,” Walker said after Tuesday’s win. “Everybody wants to come through and get that timely hit.”
Walker was 3-for-5 in the contest to up his batting average to .224. He has 18 doubles, a triple, 29 home runs (seventh in baseball), 71 RBIs and 60 runs scored.
Outfielder Alek Thomas went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored in the victory. Thomas is batting .248 with 14 doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 31 RBIs and 38 runs scored.
Right-hander Zac Gallen will get the start for the series finale. Gallen is 9-2 with a 2.78 ERA in 23 starts, striking out 132 in 132.2 innings. Gallen has been outstanding in his last three starts, going a combined 21.1 scoreless innings and allowing just nine hits while striking out 26 and walking three.
Not Enough Offense For Royals
For seven innings, the pitchers for the Kansas City Royals held the Arizona Diamondbacks to just two runs on Tuesday night, but the team still trailed 2-1 due to a lack of offense from their lineup. Kansas City ended up with just three runs on five hits in the contest, with two of those tallies after the team was already trailing 5-1.
Shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. accounted for the first run for Kansas City with a solo home run. The rookie is batting .252 with 21 doubles, six triples, 17 home runs, 61 RBIs and 62 runs scored.
Catcher Salvador Perez drove in Witt in the eighth with an RBI single, his only hit of the night. Perez is batting .225 with 16 doubles, a triple, 17 home runs, 56 RBIs and 35 runs scored.
The Royals will turn to right-hander Brady Singer for the series-closing start. Singer has made 17 starts and 20 overall appearances, bringing a 6-4 record and 3.27 ERA to Wednesday’s contest. He has 114 strikeouts in 110 innings. He’s gone at least six innings in each of four August starts, going 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA.
Diamondbacks vs Royals Head-To-Head
The Arizona Diamondbacks are going for their first season series sweep of the Kansas City Royals since 2011, when they went 2-0 against their interleague rival. Arizona is also going for its first season series win of any kind since the 2012 campaign, as it has lost the last two seasons these two teams have played.
The Diamondbacks improved to 13-6 all-time against the Royals in Kansas City on Tuesday night. The MLB lines for this contest are anticipating more of that success from Arizona in taking the series finale on Wednesday.
Diamondbacks vs Royals Game Information
- Game: Diamondbacks (56-66) vs Royals (50-75)
- Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
- Day/Time: Wednesday Aug. 24, 8:10 p.m. ET
- Diamondbacks vs Royals Live Stream: MLB.tv
Diamondbacks vs Royals Betting Lines
Z. Gallen -R
|Kansas City Royals
B. Singer -R
Diamondbacks vs Royals Prediction
The Arizona Diamondbacks have shown more offensive potential this season, and they have a red-hot pitcher on the mound in Gallen for the series finale. The Kansas City Royals are going to struggle to score as they drop another game to the visiting Diamondbacks.
When making your MLB picks, take Arizona to get the road win.