Kansas City visits Baltimore for 3 at OPACY: Series Preview 5/8/22 – 5/9/22

The Baltimore Orioles are set to welcome the Kanas City Royals to town for a three-game series. With Friday and Saturday’s rainouts, the teams will now play a twin bill Sunday and an early afternoon game Monday to close things out.

The Orioles, who are coming off a series split with the Minnesota Twins, will be looking to carry over the power burst that has erupted as of late.

Baltimore started the season hitting four home runs in their first 15 games but have now hit 14 long balls over their last 11, including five in Thursday’s 5-3 victory.

Leading the charge for the O’s offense has been Austin Hays, who leads the team in hits, average, OPS and RBIs on the year. Over his last 15 games, Hays has led the way with three home runs and 11 RBIs, while batting .316 and slugging .544.

With the offense waking up as of late, the Orioles’ starting pitching continues to impress and be one of the biggest surprises of the year.

With John Means lost for the season due to Tommy John Surgery, the rotation was supposed to be one of the worst in baseball.

But the likes of Jordan Lyles, Bruce Zimmermann and Tyler Wells, who are the three scheduled starters for this series, have all stepped up and become a 1-2-3 punch that eats innings and has kept the O’s in virtually every game this season.

These three guys have led by keeping the ball in the park and limiting mistakes that lead to big innings. The three have combined for a 3.86 ERA to bring stability to the rotation.

As the Orioles prepare to host the Royals, The Baltimore Battery’s ❌-Factor will be the Baltimore Orioles offense, which has been on fire over the past few games.

As of late, the Oriole lineup has done nothing but produce. They have fought until the last out and have stepped up to execute in critical situations.

The Orioles are averaging 4.14 runs per game over their last seven, while averaging just over eight hits a game.

We will be watching to see if the power surge and clutch hitting continues through the series. With a winning record at home, the Orioles have a chance to close out their homestand with a strong effort.

Roster Moves:

It was announced earlier today that the Orioles have released catcher Chris Hudgins.

Hudgins, 26, was drafted out of California State in 2017 by, you guessed it, the Kansas City Royals. He’s been in the O’s organization since 2021, splitting time between Bowie and Norfolk, but has spent five seasons in the minors.

In 190 career minor league games, the San Diego native has a slash line of .235/.310/.423, with 26 home runs and 117 RBIs in 771 plate appearances.

Game 1 Starting Lineups:

Kansas City Royals (8-15):

1. Edward Olivares DH
2. Andrew Benintendi LF
3. Salvador Perez C
4. Ryan O’Hearn DH
5. Hunter Dozier 1B
6. Whit Merrifield 2B
7. Bobby Witt Jr. 3B
8. Kyle Isbel CF
9. Nicky Lopez SS
SP. Zack Greinke (0-2, 2.57 ERA)

Baltimore Orioles (10-16):

1. Cedric Mullins CF
2. Trey Mancini DH
3. Anthony Santander RF
4. Austin Hays LF
5. Ryan Mountcastle 1B
6. Rougned Odor 2B
7. Ramón Urías 3B
8. Anthony Bemboom C
9. Jorge Mateo SS
SP. Jordan Lyles RHP (2-2, 4.50 ERA)

The first two games of this series will be played as a traditional doubleheader Sunday beginning at 1:35 p.m. EST, with game three at 12:05 p.m. EST on Monday. You can catch each game on MASN or on your local Orioles Radio Network station.

How do you see this series playing out with the Royals? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter! And make sure to use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content to show your Birdland swag!

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