Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ventura looks to regain command vs. Astros

The Royals and Astros continue their American League Division Series rematch with the third game of this four-game set on Wednesday night in Minute Maid Park.
Royals ace Yordano Ventura takes the bump for Kansas City looking to improve on his 2016 debut. Against the Twins last Friday, the hard-throwing righty allowed only two runs but walked a whopping six batters.
Better command may be necessary against an Astros lineup that is already averaging more than five runs per game. Of course, the Astros' pitching staff has faced myriad woes this season, highlighted by the starters' struggles to pitch deep into the game.
Veteran right-hander Scott Feldman will get the ball for Houston. Milwaukee hit Feldman hard in his previous outing. He contributed to Houston's bullpen exhaustion, lasting only four innings while surrendering five runs.
The teams split the first two meetings in this series.
Things to know about this game
• Tyler White continues to pace the Astros' offense, recording a hit in seven of his first eight career games after lining an RBI single in Tuesday's 3-2 Royals win. The rookie first baseman and reigning AL Player of the Week has already driven in 10 runs this season.
• Ventura struggled vs. Houston in a pair of postseason games last fall, allowing a combined six runs in seven innings across two starts. The Royals went 1-1 in those ALDS games.
• Feldman has allowed two runs or fewer in three of his past four starts against the Royals, dating back to 2013.

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