A tough season won’t be easy for Kansas City Royals starter Brad Keller on Wednesday when he faces the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers. Keller leads MLB in total hits and walks, posting a 5.97 ERA with 11.3 hits and 4.5 walks issued per nine innings. He has a 1.35 strike-to-walk rate on the road and has allowed at least three runs in four of his last five road starts.
The Brewers competed with Eric Lauer, allowing 1.6 home runs and 3.8 per nine innings with a 5.14 ERA in his last six home pitching appearances.
The Royals entered the series with a 6.52 bullpen ERA in the last 30 days, the worst mark among AL teams. Meanwhile, the Brewers have the fourth-highest run scorer among the majors over that period, despite ranking last in the NL in batting average for the season.
Milwaukee’s Major Road is the best in the era, but ranked sixth in the NL at home, while Kansas City’s 5.37 Road ERA ranks the second-worst in the AL. So expect a high-scoring game in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
drama: Royals-Brewers total, over 9.5 runs.