Braves Preview: Charlie Morton takes the mound for the first game in Kansas City

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After enjoying their first off day in 12 calendar days, the Atlanta Braves will look to extend their three-game win streak against the 4-9 Kansas City Royals. The Braves are coming off three straight one-run wins against the Cincinnati Reds, a series in which we saw another injury to a Braves starter.

The Braves will open up the series with a new man a shortstop after Orlando Arcia suffered a fracture in his left wrist after getting plunked with a 98 mph fastball from Hunter Greene. That means Vaughn Grissom figures to get the bulk of the playing time at short while Arcia is on the injured list.

Braves vs. Royals Pitching Matchup

Through two starts thus far Charlie Morton has shown some highs and lows on the mound. In his last start against the Padres, Morton racked up more swings and misses, but he also surrendered three base on balls and a hit-by-pitch. If Charlie can attack the strike zone a bit more he should find success against a relatively weak Royals lineup.

Kansas City will trot out 26 year-old Brady Singer to the mound. Singer is coming off his last start which saw him go six innings of five-run ball against the San Francisco Giants. As you can guess not many in the Braves lineup has seen much of Singer as this is the first season MLB has adoptated a balanced schedule. Among those who have faced off against the young right-hander, Eddie Rosario boasts the best numbers with a .364 average and one home run in eleven ABs. Eddie’s 8th inning homer clinched a sweep the last time the Braves took the field, so be on watch to see if Rosario can keep his hot streak going.

How to Watch Braves vs. Royals

Date/Time/Location: 4/14/23 at 8:10 PM EST at Kauffman Stadium

TV: Bally Sports Southeast

Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan