Kansas City Royals vs Washington Nationals

Whit Merrifield and the Kansas City Royals head to the nation’s capital for an interleague matchup with Anthony Rendon and the Washington Nationals. Can the Nats continue their steady climb up the NL East standings?

How to Watch

Where: Nationals Park, Washington D.C.

When: Friday, July 5th at 7:05 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): Royals TV/Radio: Fox Sports Kansas City, KCSP 610 AM. Nationals TV/Radio: MASN, WJFK/106.7 FM.

Team Notes

Kansas City Royals

The Royals sit in last in the AL Central, but should be better than their record indicates by their run differential.

The rebuilding Royals are essentially out of the playoff picture in 2019, with a 0.1% probability to make the playoffs and a 0.1% chance to take the World Series crown according to Baseball Reference.

The Royals are 2500-1 to win the AL Pennant and 5000-1 to win the 2019 World Series.

Washington Nationals

The Nationals remain several games back of Atlanta, but their play the last two weeks has closed the gap on 2nd place Philadelphia.

Washington has a 32.8% chance to reach the postseason in 2019 and a 1.1% chance to win the World Series title.

The Nationals have 15-1 odds to win the NL and dropped to 30-1 to take the World Series.

Pitcher Notes

Kansas City Royals: Brad Keller (4-9, 4.63 ERA)

After a terrific start to June, Keller settled down, not throwing more than five innings in any of his last three starts.

In his last outing on June 30th against the Indians, Keller allowed six runs over five innings, surrendering two homers and ten baserunners.

  • In his last six starts, Keller has struck out 27 batters in 34 innings.
  • In six June starts, the Royals’ righty allowed just five homers.
  • Over the last month, Keller has allowed a .278 batting average to opposing hitters.

Nationals: Austin Voth (0-0, 4.35 ERA)

Voth has made two starts this season, one against the Braves was successful, and the other against the Tigers was not as strong.

In his last start against the Tigers, Voth allowed three earned runs in 4.1 innings with three strikeouts.

  • In Voth’s first start of the season, he threw a quality start, going six innings and just allowing two solo homers.
  • Voth has made four career starts, striking out 21 in 22.2 innings.
  • Over his career, Voth has allowed five home runs.

Hitter Notes

Kansas City Royals

The Royals scored a season-low 107 runs in June, a 3.96 runs per game average, one of the worst in baseball over that span.

None of Kansas City’s hitters have faced Voth in their career.

  • Against righties this year, the Royals have hit .250 with 63 homers in 82 games.
  • In June, Kansas City hit a season-high 58 doubles over the 27 games.
  • On the road, the Royals have hit .242 with 50 homers in 44 games.

Washington Nationals

The Nationals were sensational in June, posting an 18-8 record behind an offense that scored 145 runs in the month, a season-high.

At home this season, the Nationals are hitting .261 with 62 homers in 41 games.

  • 2B Brian Dozier is 1 for 5 against Keller with a double and one RBI.
  • C Yan Gomes is 2 for 6 against the righty with one double and two strikeouts.
  • Keller is allowing a .281 batting average on the road this season.

Roster Notes

Kansas City Royals

  • RP Brad Boxberger has been released by the club and is free to sign with another MLB team.
  • RP Trevor Oaks is on the 60-day IL after shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.
  • C Salvador Perez is recovering from Tommy John surgery and will miss all of 2019.

Washington Nationals

  • SP Jeremy Hellickson has right shoulder soreness and has been moved to the 60-day IL.
  • RP Justin Miller is on the 10-day IL with a strained rotator cuff.
  • RP Kyle Barraclough has radial nerve irritation and is recovering on the 10-day IL.

Game Odds Royals vs Nationals

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Moneyline

Sportsbook Royals Nationals Link
888Sport NJ +148 -180

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Total Runs

Sportsbook  Over 10.5  Under 10.5 Link
888Sport NJ -104 -117

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Run Line

Sportsbook Royals +1.5 Nationals -1.5 Link
888Sport NJ -129 +106

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