On Monday, the Kansas City Royals open a four-game series on the road against the Baltimore Orioles. Kansas City is 60-75 following a 10-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. Kansas City has lost five of the last six and the Royals are fourth in the American League Central 18 ½ games behind the first place White Sox.
Nicky Lopez is batting .289 to lead Kansas City and the second baseman has a team high .361 on-base percentage. Catcher Salvador Perez is the leader in home runs with 40 and RBIs with 90, while Whit Merrifield is the leader in hits with 151. On Monday, Kansas City will send Jackson Kowar to the mound. The right-hander is 0-2 with an ERA of 9.82, 8 Ks and 8 BBs.
Baltimore is 42-92 following a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday. Pedro Severino hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly during the ninth inning to give the Orioles the victory. However, Baltimore has lost six of the last eight and the Orioles are last in the American League East 43 games behind the first-place Tampa Bay Rays.
Cedric Mullins is batting .305 to lead Baltimore and the center fielder has team highs in hits with 154 and on-base percentage at .367. Third baseman Ryan Mountcastle is the leader in home runs with 25 and RBIs with 75. The Baltimore Orioles have not yet announced their starting pitcher for the opening game of their series on Monday with the Kansas City Royals.