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Braves/Royals Game Preview: Braves head to Kansas City to battle champs

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The Braves take on the Kansas City Royals in this the opener of a three-game weekend series.

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The Braves visit Kansas City for a weekend series with the defending champion Royals, but lately, they haven't exactly been playing like champs.

The Royals have lost 12 of 16, but are 9-5 at home in 2016. In that 16-game stretch, their offense has averaged just 3.25 runs per game. So perhaps Julio Teheran can get lucky enough to notch his first win of the year on this Friday the 13th.

Julio owns a minuscule 0.75 ERA in May; dating back to his April 25 start against Boston, he owns a sub-1.00 ERA (0.95) with 22 strikeouts. A shame it is, however, that he's stuck with Atlanta's miserable "offense", which has averaged just 2.67 runs over the last 16 games.

Opposite Julio will be Edinson Volquez, who had his shortest start of the year on Sunday, allowing five runs in 4.1 innings against Cleveland. In contrast to Julio, Volquez has allowed 15 runs in his last 17 innings.

In short, both teams have sucked it up lately; it's only a matter of who manages to suck less.

Check out Royals Review for their series preview as well as a Q&A.