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Lynn looks to ride momentum as Rangers host Royals
Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers
- The Royals were swept in three games against the White Sox in their last series -- all three games were decided by a single run. Kansas City is an MLB-worst 4-12 this season in games decided by one run.
- The Rangers won two of three in Seattle in their most recent series, and are 10-4 over their last 14 games. Texas currently has a 27-26 record -- the team has been within one game of .500 for 40 days this season, the most of any team in the majors.
- Texas won two out three games when these teams met in May in Kansas City, winning the rubber game of the series, 16-1. The Rangers have won 10 of their last 12 home games against the Royals dating back to the 2016 season.
- The Royals have four players this season with at least 25 extra-base hits: Whit Merrifield (28), Hunter Dozier (26), Jorge Soler (26) and Adalberto Mondesi (25). The only other teams in the majors with four players with 25+ extra-base hits this season are the Astros and the Twins.
- Over his last 10 starts, Mike Minor has a 1.91 ERA while striking out 9.41 batters per nine innings. The only other Ranger all-time to have a sub- 2.00 ERA and a 9.0+ K/9 IP over any 10-start span within a single season was Bobby Witt, late in the 1990 season.
- In 39 career games with the Rangers, Hunter Pence has 86 total bases. Only three players in franchise history have begun their Rangers career with more total bases in their first 39 games with the team: Alex Rodriguez (99), Josh Hamilton (90) and Rod Barajas (88).
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As the calendar flips to June, the Texas Rangers' Lance Lynn has a chance to build on a solid month of May that included a stellar performance against the Kansas City Royals.
The right-hander aims for another strong outing against the Royals on Saturday in the continuation of a four-game set at Arlington, Texas.
Lynn (6-4, 4.66 ERA) leads all Texas pitchers in wins. After giving up five runs and a season-high five walks in six innings in a victory over Toronto on May 4, he walked just six and posted a 3.00 ERA while splitting his four starts over the rest of the month.
"Every time he goes out there, he gives us a chance to win," manager Chris Woodward told the Rangers' official website after Lynn yielded three runs and struck out 10 over six innings despite taking the loss in a 6-2 defeat at Seattle on Monday.
One of Lynn's best efforts of 2019 came at Kansas City on May 16. He gave up a run, six hits and a walk through seven innings of a 16-1 rout of the Royals. Overall, Lynn is 3-2 with a 4.56 ERA in eight career starts against the Royals.
"Lance is a warrior, man. He's a bulldog," Woodward said after the start at Kansas City. "He has been doing a really good job of mixing up his pitches, and it's fun to watch."
Lynn will try to guide the Rangers to a second straight win after they evened the series with a 6-2 victory Friday. Joey Gallo clubbed his first career grand slam to highlight a six-run sixth inning as Texas won for the third time in four games after losing three in a row.
The homer was Gallo's 16th of the season but just his third hit in 22 at-bats over his past seven games. One of Gallo's home runs this season came against the Royals' scheduled Saturday starter, Homer Bailey (4-5, 5.79 ERA).
Bailey opposed Lynn last month and was tagged for six runs (five earned), eight hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings. It was Bailey's only time facing Texas, leaving him with a 10.38 ERA vs. the Rangers.
Bailey then gave up five runs in just 1 2/3 innings in his next start at St. Louis on May 22. However, the veteran right-hander appeared set for a bounce-back while yielding a run in 4 1/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox on Monday, but the game was delayed and eventually suspended due to rain.
Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert, called up earlier Friday, homered in his first at-bat of 2019 for Kansas City, which has lost seven of nine. Cuthbert, 26, hit .274 with 12 homers in 2016 but just .215 with five home runs over the past two seasons before beginning this year in the minors.
He batted .310 with eight homers and 35 RBIs in 51 games for Triple-A Omaha this season.
"I'm just happy to be back," Cuthbert told the Royals' official website. "Sometimes you're struggling in your career, you learn from it and try to get better, and I want to make the most of the opportunity I'm getting right now."
Kansas City's Alex Gordon, who had an RBI triple on Friday, was 10-for-19 lifetime against Lynn prior to going hitless in three at-bats against him on May 16.
--Field Level Media
Updated June 1, 2019