Royals-Cubs series is a matchup of season good O/bad O
When the Kansas City Royals head to Wrigley Field for a three-game series starting today against the Chicago Cubs, two offenses on opposite ends of the spectrum will square off.
Here are some numbers from STATS LLC:
2015 OFFENSIVE STATISTICS (MLB RANKS)
|Statistic||Kansas City Royals||Chicago Cubs|
|Runs per game||4.67 (second)||4.11 (19th)|
|Batting average||.281 (first)||.241 (24th)|
|Batting average with runners in scoring position||.307 (second)||.220 (29th)|
|Walks||93 (last)||161 (T-5th)|
|Strikeouts||259 (fewest)||451 (most)|
However, the Royals’ bats have been fairly quiet of late — in particular, during their current four-game losing streak:
ROYALS’ OFFENSIVE NUMBERS, MAY 12-PRESENT
|Time span||Runs per game||Batting average||Record|
Other notes of interest from STATS LLC:
• Center fielder Lorenzo Cain is among the Royals struggling at the plate, especially since he drove in five runs against the Yankees on May 15. He hasn’t driven in a run since.
• The Cubs ranks second in the majors with 43 stolen bases (two behind Cincinnati), but Royals catcher Salvador Perez has baseball’s third-lowest stolen-base percentage allowed (56.5). Only Toronto’s Russell Martin (54.8) and the Yankees’ Brian McCann (56.3) are doing better.