Royals vs. Athletics Probable Starting Pitchers – May 18

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The Oakland Athletics (19-28) play the Kansas City Royals (27-19) at 7:10 PM ET on Saturday following a six-game losing streak.

This contest’s pitching matchup is set, as the Royals will send Seth Lugo (6-1) to the mound, while Ross Stripling (1-7) will answer the bell for the Athletics.

Royals vs. Athletics Pitcher Matchup and Game Info

  • When: Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 7:10 PM ET
  • Where: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
  • How to Watch on TV: NBCS-CA
  • Probable Pitchers: Lugo – KC (6-1, 1.66 ERA) vs Stripling – OAK (1-7, 4.98 ERA)
  • Royals vs. Athletics Odds

  • Royals to win: -195
  • Athletics to win: +165
  • Spread: Royals -1.5
  • Total: 9.5 runs
  • Royals vs. Athletics Pitcher Performance

    Lugo Stripling
    9 GS 9
    6-1 W-L 1-7
    1.66 ERA 4.98
    59.2 IP 47
    12 BB 12
    48 SO 30

    Royals Probable Starting Pitcher: Seth Lugo

  • Lugo (6-1 with a 1.66 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings pitched) makes the start for the Royals, his 10th of the season.
  • His most recent time out was on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels, when the right-hander threw eight innings, surrendering one earned run while giving up five hits.
  • The 34-year-old has a 1.66 ERA and 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings across nine games this season, while allowing a batting average of .206 to opposing hitters.
  • Lugo is trying to build on a fourth-game quality start streak in this matchup.
  • Lugo is seeking his 10th straight outing lasting five or more innings. He averages 6.6 innings per appearance on the mound.
  • He has held his opponents without an earned run in three of his nine appearances this season.
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    Athletics Probable Starting Pitcher: Ross Stripling

  • The Athletics’ Stripling (1-7) will make his 10th start of the season.
  • The right-hander gave up two earned runs in five innings pitched on Tuesday in his last outing, a matchup with the Houston Astros.
  • The 34-year-old has pitched to a 4.98 ERA this season with 5.7 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 2.3 walks per nine across nine games.
  • He has earned a quality start two times in nine starts this season.
  • In nine starts, Stripling has pitched through or past the fifth inning eight times. He has a season average of 5.2 frames per outing.
  • He has made nine appearances and finished one of them without allowing an earned run.
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