MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Washington1 0 0 0 0 8 0 3 0 12151
Kansas City0 0 0 2 0 1 5 2 0 10130
  W: P. Corbin (4-5)   L: J. Lyles (0-9)   S: C. Kuhl (1)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, May 26, 2023
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 15,878

Nationals, Royals ready for rare matchup

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Washington Nationals at Kansas City Royals

  1. The Nationals are 13-5 all-time against the Royals, including winning all six of the series between these clubs. That is tied for the most series wins without a loss or tie among all active teams, as the Mariners have also won all six of their series against the Reds.
  2. Washington led, 6-5, entering the ninth inning yesterday before allowing three runs en route to an 8-5 loss to San Diego. It marked the Nationals' MLB-leading fourth loss this year when holding a lead in the ninth inning.
  3. The Royals picked up their 15th win of the year on Tuesday before losing the series finale against the Tigers, giving them a 3-13-0 series record on the year, the second-worst mark in MLB (A's -- 1-15-0). This season is the third in franchise history in which Kansas City had 15 or fewer wins through 50 games, along with 2005 and 2006 (13 each).
  4. Through 200 career games, Bobby Witt Jr. has 100 RBI, 75 extra-base hits and 44 stolen bases. He is the third player in the last 20 years with 100+ RBI, 75+ XBH and 40+ SB through 200 career MLB games, along with Mike Trout and Fernando Tatis Jr.
  5. Jordan Lyles is 0-8 in his 10 starts this year, becoming the first pitcher to be winless with at least eight losses through 10 starts of a season since Luis Severino in 2016. Lyles is 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA in four career starts against the Nationals.
  6. Patrick Corbin has pitched at least 6.0 innings and allowed two earned runs (or fewer) in four consecutive starts, his longest such streak since another four-start streak in August 2019. He pitched 7.0 shutout innings in his lone career start against the Royals in 2019.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/26/2023 thru 5/28/2023

The Washington Nationals are set to visit Kansas City for the first time in seven years when they oppose the Royals in the opener of a three-game set on Friday.

Washington took two of three at Kansas City in May 2016. The teams have met once since then, when the host Nationals claimed two of three in July 2019.

Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin (3-5, 4.47 ERA) will oppose Royals right-hander Jordan Lyles (0-8, 7.15) on Friday.

Corbin helped the Nationals to their 2019 series victory by throwing seven shutout innings, striking out 11 and walking none. He got a no-decision in a game that Washington won 5-2.

Corbin has allowed no runs over 9 2/3 innings in two appearances against the Royals. Among current Kansas City hitters, only Matt Duffy has hit safely against Corbin, going 3-for-12.

In each of his seven starts since April 16, Corbin has thrown at least 5 1/3 innings while allowing no more than three earned runs. He has six quality starts this year, tied for fifth in the National League.

Corbin, who is coming off consecutive wins, hasn't won three straight decisions since May 2021. His command of the strike zone has been especially sharp of late, as he has allowed just one walk over his past 25 innings.

The Nationals arrive in Kansas City after dropping an 8-6 decision against the San Diego Padres on Thursday afternoon to complete a 3-3 homestand.

While Washington has lost six of its past nine games, its offense has been more productive recently, generating 52 runs in the past 10 games.

Leadoff hitter Lane Thomas has a 10-game hitting streak in which he is batting .366 (15-for-41) with three home runs.

Ildemaro Vargas has hit safely in six of eight games since his May 3 return from the 10-day injured list, batting .440 (11-for-25). He had been out for almost a month due to a left shoulder strain.

"I can't say enough about what Vargas does," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "He goes out there and plays with a lot of fun, a lot of energy."

Over his past 10 games, Washington's Jeimer Candelario is hitting .436 (17-for-39) with eight extra-base hits. Among Nationals hitters, Candelario has the most experience against Lyles, with one hit in eight at-bats.

"When he gets ready to hit the fastball, he's really good, and he'll stay consistent," Martinez said. "The biggest thing is getting out of his mind about trying to hit home runs every at-bat. He's got enough power that when he hits the ball and gets it in the air, he'll hit home runs."

Lyles is 0-3 with a 5.71 ERA in 12 previous games (four starts) against Washington. He faced the Nationals most recently while taking a loss for the Baltimore Orioles on June 21, 2022, when he yielded two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Lyles' 7.15 ERA is highest among major league starting pitchers, and his 14 home runs allowed are tied for the majors' most.

Consistent starting pitching has been elusive for the Royals, who have just one win by a starter since May 11. The club has racked up 49 relief appearances while losing nine of 13 games in that span.

Kansas City's rotation is 8-26 with a 5.49 ERA.

The Royals bolstered their heavily taxed bullpen this week by promoting right-hander Nick Wittgren from Triple-A Omaha, where he had five saves and a 1.25 ERA in 17 appearances. He struggled in his debut for Kansas City on Wednesday, allowing two runs in two innings.

"He's still developing," Royals manager Matt Quatraro said of the eight-year veteran. "He used to be heavy changeup. Now he's developed a cutter/slider."

Wittgren said, "I changed up my slider this offseason and it's helped me out quite a bit. I'm attacking the zone with all four pitches. It's paying off pretty well."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 26, 2023

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