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  W: W. Miley (14-5)   L: J. Junis (9-14)
11:15 AM PT12:15 PM MT1:15 PM CT2:15 PM ET14:15 ET18:15 GMT2:15 11:15 AM MST1:15 PM EST1:45 PM VEN22:15 UAE1:15 PM CT, September 15, 2019
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 17,205

Miley gets his turn as Astros try to sweep Royals

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Houston Astros at Kansas City Royals

  1. After winning by 20 and winning by 15 runs, the Astros lost to the Athletics by 14 on Tuesday. They became the third team in MLB history to have three straight games decided by at least 14 runs, joining the 1893 Cleveland Spiders (three straight) and the 1876 White Stockings (four).
  2. The Royals have stolen 109 bases this season, tied with Seattle for second in MLB, behind only Texas (112). They have stolen third base 29 times, most in MLB, while have successfully bunted for a hit 29 times, most in MLB.
  3. Houston has won 10 of its last 14 games against Kansas City dating back to April 2017. In those games the Astros have outhomered the Royals, 25-15, while averaging 6.14 runs compared to Kansas City's 4.00.
  4. Over his last four starts, Gerrit Cole has struck out 55.6 percent of the batters he has faced (55 of 99 batters). That is the highest strikeout percentage in a four-start span in a season in the modern era (since 1900, minimum 75 batters faced).
  5. Whit Merrifield currently leads MLB in hits with 188 -- he led all of MLB last year with 192. Since 1969, only four players have led MLB in hits in back-to-back years: Ichiro (five straight from 2006 to 2010), Tony Gwynn (1994 and 1995 strike-shortened seasons), Kirby Puckett (1988-89) and Pete Rose (1972-73).
  6. Michael Brantley has hit .331 in his career at Kauffman Stadium, getting a hit in 10 of his last 11 games there. Among active players, that .331 average ranks fifth among visiting players at the ballpark (minimum 100 plate appearances).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/13/2019 thru 9/15/2019

Don't feel sorry for Wade Miley.

The left-hander is having an outstanding season for the Houston Astros, but is overshadowed by the star trio of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke. Verlander has 18 wins, Cole picked up his 17th Friday night and Greinke picked up his 16th win Saturday night.

But Miley (13-5, 3.74 ERA) will take the mound Sunday afternoon to conclude the three-game series against the Kansas City Royals and righty Jakob Junis (9-13, 5.06), and can help deliver the Astros a three-game sweep.

The Astros' magic number to win the American League West is down to six, and they sit just one game behind the New York Yankees for the best record in baseball.

Miley lost to the A's on Tuesday, ending a personal seven-game winning streak. He hasn't faced the Royals in 2019, but he's 4-2 with a 3.43 ERA in six career starts against them. His last appearance against Kansas City was in 2016 when he was a member of the Seattle Mariners.

Junis will set a career high with his 31st start Sunday. He took the loss in Tuesday's game in Chicago, surrendering five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven White Sox batters in five innings. He yielded a grand slam in the first and a solo home run in the second, but held the White Sox scoreless on two hits the rest of the way.

"It's a little bit of the same story each time out with Jake," Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters of Junis. "It seems like he struggles to find his slot, but then generally after the first inning, he finds it and settles in. It was really after the first hitter of the second inning, he just settled in.

"We were hitting the ball out of the ballpark, too. We just didn't have guys on like they had guys on. Jake did a good job of holding the fort there. He did a good job limiting the damage after that."

Junis fell 6-4 to the Astros on May 6 in Houston, allowing five runs over 5 1/3 innings, giving up a season-high three homers. He's 0-2 in three career starts against Houston and his 9.42 career ERA vs. the Astros is his highest against any team.

The Astros may be close to full strength, as the club is likely to activate shortstop Carlos Correa. Correa has been on the 10-day injured list with back discomfort since Aug. 20, but he texted manager A.J. Hinch recently saying he was ready to go.

Hinch also said Correa had been playing with Triple-A Round Rock in the playoffs until the Express were eliminated. The staff will evaluate him on Monday in Houston, and the Astros likely will activate him off the injured list on Tuesday.

"It will be borderline like a spring training schedule with in-season responsibilities," Hinch said of Correa's potential role. "He may play six innings and come out, even if it's not a blowout."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 15, 2019

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