canada africa partner reservation Gamethread XXXIX – Rangers at Royals

Gamethread XXXIX – Rangers at Royals

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Fresh off defeating the Toronto Blue Jays and winning their first previously split series of the season, the Royals face another opportunity to accomplish the feat today against the Texas Rangers after the teams traded crushing defeats in the first two games.

Last year’s World Series winner hasn’t been a dominant force in the American League, but they’ve still been pretty good, and taking two of the three players away would be another great step toward proving the legitimacy of the Royals in 2024.

Unfortunately for Kansas City, circumstances have conspired against them to some extent. First Alec Marsh got injured, then Jonathan Bowlan’s start on Monday went very poorly, and then Michael Wacha had a very poor and very short start last night, forcing Daniel Lynch IV, who has not pitched particularly well in AAA after not had won the fifth starter job from Spring Training, who takes the mound today for KC. Worse still, he throws in a short rest. The bullpen will have to be ready to go and if there’s any upside to the absolute shellacking the Royals endured yesterday, it’s that all of their best relievers should be fully ready to jump into this.

As expected, reliever Colin Selby, who did not acquit himself particularly well yesterday, was demoted to Omaha to make room for Lynch.

The Rangers will counter with Jon Gray, who at 32 years old is having a great season so far. In seven games, including six starts, he has a 2.48 ERA and has not allowed more than one run since his first start of the season, when he allowed five runs in 3.2 innings to the Chicago Cubs. His last start was his best yet, pitching eight innings of one-run ball against the Nationals, allowing three hits, striking out three and walking none. He has allowed just two home runs in 32.2 innings.

Setups

Despite my predictions during this morning’s podcast, the Royals opted to bench Hunter Renfroe and Nelson Velázquez for the day to ensure Adam Frazier gets another start in right field and move Salvy to DH for the day match after a night match. MJ Melendez, who has been the worst hitter of the three in recent weeks, and who I think has worked to his own detriment, will bat sixth.

I hope Q knows more than I do.