On last year’s list for ESPN, Kauffman Stadium, otherwise known as the home of the Kansas City Royals, had a Park Factor of 0.926 runs. That put the stadium in the 22nd spot overall in that category. Last season’s number made the stadium seem like more of a pitcher’s park.
So far in the 2018 season, Kauffman is in the 8th spot on ESPN’s list, and the number is above 1.0, at 1.264 runs. On average, there have been 1.451 home runs hit per game in the stadium. That bodes well for a Milwaukee Brewers squad that has already hit 27 home runs this season. Though only 10 have come on the road, that is mainly because they have played more games at Miller than they have elsewhere so far.
Keep in mind, too, the Crew will be utilizing a Designated Hitter in each of these games, as it is a crossover hosted by the American League squad.
Zach Davies is the probable pitcher for the first game against Kansas City. He boasts an ERA of 3.27 overall for his career on the road. But, this year he has struggled, and his road ERA sits above 10. This will be the first time that Davies will pitch against the Royals. Consequently, that also means it is his first time at Kauffman.
For game two, Chase Anderson is slated to start. His career road ERA sits at 4.01 for the five years he has been in the big leagues. In the 12.1 innings he has pitched away from Miller this season, he has only given up one run. Just like Davies, Anderson has yet to have pitched against the Kansas City Royals. It will also be his first start at Kauffman Stadium.
The Milwaukee Brewers offense is hoping to stay hot offensively. The Kansas City Royals’ record is currently 5-15, meaning they have not jumped out to a great 2018 start. Two straight road wins to add onto an already six-game winning streak is exactly how the Crew wants to start off their road trip.