Mazzaro has made just two starts for Kansas City so far in 2012, but they've both been good enough to earn Mazzaro wins. Mazarro is 2-0 for Kansas City, with a 2.25 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in just 12 innings of work. Mazzaro, though, has only struck out five batters and has walked four -- a ratio that will need to improve if Mazzaro wants to sustain success.
Kansas City's bats, which were quieted in a 4-2 loss on Friday, will face off against James McDonald, who has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year. McDonald's record stands at just 5-2, but he is the owner of a 2.14 ERA, .95 WHIP and .194 BAA in 71.1 innings of work on the season. McDonald has walked just 20 batters as well, while striking out 71.
Televised coverage of Saturday's Royals/Pirates game can be found on FOX. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. CT.
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