The Kansas City Royals (47-101) aim to continue their three-game winning streak when they square off against the Houston Astros (83-65) on Saturday at 7:10 PM ET, at Kauffman Stadium.

The Astros will look to J.P. France (11-5) versus the Royals and Cole Ragans (6-4).

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Royals vs. Astros Pitcher Matchup Info

  • Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023
  • Time: 7:10 PM ET
  • TV: BSKC
  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Venue: Kauffman Stadium
  • Live Stream: Watch this game on Fubo!
  • Probable Pitchers: France - HOU (11-5, 3.61 ERA) vs Ragans - KC (6-4, 3.13 ERA)

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Royals Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Cole Ragans

  • The Royals are sending Ragans (6-4) out to make his 10th start of the season. He is 6-4 with a 3.13 ERA and 93 strikeouts through 77 2/3 innings pitched.
  • The left-hander's last appearance was on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays, when he threw 5 2/3 innings, surrendering two earned runs while giving up only one hit.
  • The 25-year-old has a 3.13 ERA and 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 26 games this season, while allowing a batting average of .206 to opposing batters.
  • Ragans enters this game with six quality starts under his belt this season.
  • Ragans will try to go five or more innings for his 10th straight appearance. He's averaging three frames per outing.
  • He has held his opponents without an earned run in 15 of his 26 appearances this season.

Cole Ragans vs. Astros

  • He will match up with an Astros offense that ranks fourth in the league with 1319 total hits (on a .259 batting average). The squad also slugs a collective .435 (sixth in the league) with 202 total home runs (eighth in MLB play).
  • In four innings over one appearance against the Astros this season, Ragans has a 4.5 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP while his opponents are batting .313.

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Astros Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: J.P. France

  • The Astros' France (11-5) will make his 22nd start of the season.
  • The right-hander's last start was on Sunday, when he tossed six innings while giving up one earned run on four hits in a matchup with the San Diego Padres.
  • The 28-year-old has an ERA of 3.61, a 2.29 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.323 in 22 games this season.
  • He has started 21 games this season, earning a quality start (6 or more IP, 3 or fewer ER) in 13 of them.
  • France will look to finish five or more innings for the fourth start in a row.
  • He has finished four appearances without allowing an earned run in 22 chances this season.

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