GameThread No.15: Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros, Apr 16, 2014 7:10 PM CDT

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

George Springer makes his first major league start tonight against the Royals.

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Kansas City at Houston, 7:10 PM CDT

TV: CSN Houston, MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
Royals SBNation Blog: Royals Review

Pitching matchup

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 3.55 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-1, 3.75 ERA, 1.42 WHIP)

Today's Lineups

KANSAS CITY ROYALS HOUSTON ASTROS
Omar Infante - 2B Dexter Fowler - CF
Eric Hosmer - 1B George Springer - RF
Salvador Perez - C Jason Castro - C
Billy Butler - DH Jose Altuve - 2B
Alex Gordon - LF Jesus Guzman - 1B
Danny Valencia - 3B Marc Krauss - DH
Justin Maxwell - RF Matt Dominguez - 3B
Lorenzo Cain - CF L.J. Hoes - LF
Alcides Escobar - SS Marwin Gonzalez - SS
Jeremy Guthrie - RHP Dallas Keuchel - LHP

Quote From Series Preivew

Jeremy Guthrie revitalized his career in Kansas City to become a solid back of the rotation starter. He pitches to contact with a sinker-slider combo. Guthrie posted a 4.72 K/9 rate in 2013 (country of FanGraphs), and 4.79 FIP compared to a 4.04 ERA. The Royals played great defense behind Guthrie in 2013, but it can't always be expected.

No surprise the best hitter against Guthrie career wise is Jason Castro, the left-handed catcher is 3-for-8 with a triple and home run. Matt Dominguez is 1-for-2 with a home run in his career as well.

Dallas Keuchel has been up and down in his first two starts. Giving up four runs in his first start against the Angels and only one over seven innings in Toronto for the team's only win north of the border. On May 20, 2013, Keuchel went 6.2 innings against the Royals allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks.

Norichika Aoki is 3-for-8 with a double against the Arkansas product. Eric Hosmer checks in with two hits in three at-bats against the left-hander.

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