The Atlanta Braves are on a roll, with their sights set on extending their winning streak to six games as they take on the Kansas City Royals in the final game of their three-game series on Sunday. The Braves have dominated the Royals in the series so far, outscoring them 19-6 over the first two games.
The Brave’s offence has driven their success, with Sean Murphy leading. Since Travis d’Arnaud suffered a concussion, Murphy’s performance at the plate has been exceptional, hitting 9-for-23 with all nine hits resulting in extra bases, including six doubles and three home runs.
Kyle Wright will take the mound for the Braves, hoping for a better outing than his rough debut. During his debut against the Reds, Wright had difficulty finding the strike zone, surrendering four hits, four walks, four runs, and hitting two batters in a mere three innings. He will be looking to bounce back in his second start of the season.
Wright’s delayed start to the season was due to a cortisone shot he received in his shoulder before camp. After starting the season on the injured list, Wright only had one rehab start at Gwinnett before he made his debut.
On the other side of the field, veteran right-hander Zach Greinke will pitch for the Royals.
Greinke will not overpower anyone at this stage of his career, but he is a seasoned pitcher who knows how to throw by living on the corners and using deception. He has pitched well through the early going, allowing just three runs over his first two starts (11 1/3 innings). However, he was tagged for four runs (three earned) over five innings in his last outing against the Rangers.
The first pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET and can be seen on Bally Sports South. The Braves will be looking to continue their dominant performance against the Royals and extend their winning streak to six games.