Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Kansas City0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 130
Miami0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 x 680
  W: E. Cabrera (5-4)   L: J. Lyles (0-10)
3:10 PM PT4:10 PM MT5:10 PM CT6:10 PM ET18:10 ET22:10 GMT6:10 3:10 PM MST5:10 PM EST5:40 PM VEN2:10 UAE (+1)4:10 PM CT, June 7, 2023
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Streaking Luis Arraez, Marlins go for sweep of Royals

According to STATS
According to STATS

Kansas City Royals at Miami Marlins

  1. The Royals won two of the three games in each of the three series they've played against the Marlins in South Florida (2008, 2016 and 2019).
  2. This will be the Royals' first series against a team with a winning record since May 12-14, when they were swept in a three-game set at Milwaukee. They have a 6-11 record since then. The Royals' last win against a team with a winning record was a 6-0 victory over the Orioles in Kansas City on May 3.
  3. Royals opener Carlos Hernandez has issued no walks while recording 16 strikeouts in 11 innings over his last nine appearances. In his first 15 games this season, Hernandez walked eight batters while striking out 22 in 17.1 innings.
  4. The Marlins are four games over .500 (32-28) for the first time this season and only the second time over the last three seasons (also through April 30, 2022, at 12-8). The last time they were five games over .500 was at 7-2 in 2020.
  5. Luis Arraez has 80 hits and only 11 strikeouts this season, a ratio of 7.27-to-one. Among MLB players with 40 or more hits, the next best hit-to-strikeout ratio this year is by Red Sox rookie Masataka Yoshida at 2.86-to-one (63 hits, 22 strikeouts).
  6. Braxton Garrett allowed 11 runs (all earned), 14 hits and four home runs over 4.1 innings in his loss to the Braves on May 3. Garrett is 0-1 with a 2.67 ERA in his five starts since then (27 innings, eight runs/earned runs, 19 hits, three home runs).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/5/2023 thru 6/7/2023

If Luis Arraez doesn't get two hits in a game, Miami Marlins manager Skip Schumaker is tempted to run on the field and take the temperature of his star second baseman.

On Wednesday night against the Kansas City Royals, Arraez will go for a fifth straight multi-hit game as the host Marlins aim for their sixth consecutive win and second sweep in a row.

Arraez, who has played in 57 of Miami's 62 games this season, leads the major leagues with a .401 batting average. In his four straight multi-hit games, he is batting .706 (12-for-17).

"It doesn't matter where I put him in the in lineup -- leadoff, second, third or anywhere else," Schumaker said. "He just wants to hit. He's so much fun to watch."

Arraez, an All-Star acquired in an offseason trade with the Minnesota Twins, said he is thrilled with what is happening so far this season, especially Miami's five-game win streak.

"It's an honor to see the scoreboard when I'm batting .400," Arraez said in Spanish. "Things are going well for me, and we are winning, which is most important."

On Wednesday, the Marlins will start right-hander Edward Cabrera (4-4, 4.50 ERA). Cabrera, 25, has never faced the Royals.

The Marlins are 7-5 when starting Cabrera this season, including two straight wins. He is 4-0 with a 2.77 ERA in five home starts this year, but in seven road starts, he is 0-4 with a 5.91 ERA.

The Marlins, who are 12-2 against American League foes this year, fortified their bullpen on Tuesday when they brought reliever A.J. Puk back from the injured list. The left-hander, who had been sidelined due to left elbow nerve irritation, is 3-1 with a 3.07 ERA and six saves.

The Royals, meanwhile, are set to start Jordan Lyles on Wednesday. It has been an epic struggle this year for the right-hander, who is 0-9 with a 6.89 ERA.

The Royals are 0-12 when starting Lyles. However, he offered a hopeful sign in his most recent start, going five innings and allowing just two hits, one walk and one run on Friday against the Colorado Rockies. Lyles struck out eight.

"He threw the ball great," Kansas City manager Matt Quatraro said. "He worked the ball up and down in the zone. It was a positive start."

Lyles, a 32-year-old veteran, has been durable, starting at least 30 games in each of the previous two years. However, after tying his career high in wins last season (12-11, 4.42 ERA), he now leads the majors in losses.

In seven career appearances against the Marlins, including five starts, he is 2-1 with a 5.22 ERA.

As for Kansas City's bullpen, one reliever to watch is Carlos Hernandez, a 26-year-old Venezuela native.

Hernandez (0-3, 4.45) has lost nine straight decisions dating back to September 2021. Even so, the Royals are bullish on Hernandez, who this week flashed a fastball that topped out at 99.7 mph.

"We think so highly of his future," Quatraro said. "We think he will have the ability to pitch toward the back end of our bullpen."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 7, 2023