Kansas City (65-60) at Miami (65-60)
When: Wednesday, August 24th 2016
Where: Marlins Park, Miami, FL
Time: 7:10 ET | TV: FSN Kansas City, FSN Florida
The red-hot Kansas City Royals will try and make it ten straight when they visit the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. The Royals took the opener of a three-game set on Tuesday 1-0 behind Lorenzo Cain’s RBI single. Cain is 18-for-34 with nine RBIs during his nine-game hitting streak. The Royals have won nine straight and 14 of 16 to pull within four games of Baltimore for the second Wild Card spot. Kansas City has allowed just nine runs over their last eight games and their bullpen is riding a 32-inning shutout streak. 1B Eric Hosmer, who is a Miami native, has nine hits in his last seven games despite going 0-for-3 in the series opener. The Marlins couldn’t take advantage of the Cardinals loss last night and are still 1.5 games back of the NL Wild Card. Dee Gordon, who had three hits in the series opener, is 8-for-14 in four career games against Kansas City. Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna is questionable to play on Wednesday after exiting the series opener in the eighth inning because of a family emergency.
Pitchers: Royals – Dillon Gee (5-6, 4.52 ERA) | Marlins – Jose Fernandez (12-7, 3.05)
Dillon Gee will be asked to start tonight’s game as the veteran has been in-and-out of the bullpen the last few months. He held the Twins to one run in seven innings last time out in an 8-1 Royals win. The Twins knocked him around in the start before to the tune of 11 hits and five runs. Gee has fared well versus the Marlins dating back to his days with the New York Mets, posting a 3-1 mark in eight career games.
Jose Fernandez has failed to earn a victory in his last four starts (0-3, 6.00 ERA), but has been pretty dominant at home. The Reds hit him for five runs on seven hits in a season-low four innings last Thursday. Fernandez has allowed 14 runs on 27 hits in 21 innings during the four start stretch. He owns a 9-2 mark with a 2.07 ERA and 0.99 WHIP at home while limiting the opposition to a .202 batting average.
If the Royals had any other pitcher but Gee starting tonight, I would say take them. Going up against Fernandez is a tall order despite his recent struggles. Miami should be able to get to Gee and Fernandez will shut down Kansas City.
Pick: Marlins -1.5 -105