Orioles begin 3-game series with the Royals
Kansas City Royals (8-15, fourth in the AL Central) vs. Baltimore Orioles (10-15, fourth in the AL East)
Baltimore; Saturday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Carlos Hernandez (0-1, 6.00 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, eight strikeouts); Orioles: Jordan Lyles (2-1, 2.95 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 18 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Orioles -119, Royals +101; over/under is 8 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Baltimore Orioles host the Kansas City Royals on Saturday to open a three-game series.
Baltimore has a 10-15 record overall and a 7-6 record at home. The Orioles have the seventh-ranked team on-base percentage in the AL at .303.
Kansas City is 6-9 at home and 8-15 overall. The Royals are 2-5 in games decided by one run.
The matchup Saturday is the first meeting this season between the two teams.
TOP PERFORMERS: Cedric Mullins has seven doubles, a triple, four home runs and 11 RBI for the Orioles. Ryan Mountcastle is 9-for-32 with a double, three home runs and six RBI over the last 10 games.
Bobby Witt Jr. has five doubles, a triple, a home run and seven RBI while hitting .229 for the Royals. Edward Olivares is 11-for-29 with three doubles over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Orioles: 4-6, .253 batting average, 4.09 ERA, outscored by five runs
Royals: 3-7, .221 batting average, 4.30 ERA, outscored by 16 runs
INJURIES: Orioles: Alexander Wells: 10-Day IL (elbow), Chris Ellis: 10-Day IL (shoulder), John Means: 60-Day IL (elbow), Dean Kremer: 10-Day IL (oblique)
Royals: Carlos Santana: 10-Day IL (ankle), Cam Gallagher: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Jake Brentz: 10-Day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 10-Day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day IL (shoulder)