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Royals' Edward Olivares out of lineup Thursday afternoon

Kansas City Royals outfielder Edward Olivares is not in the starting lineup for Thursday afternoon's series finale against right-hander Paul Blackburn and the Oakland Athletics.

What It Means:

Kyle Isbel is starting in center field over Olivares and hitting eighth.

numberFire’s models project Isbel for 7.9 FanDuel points and he has a $2,100 salary on Thursday’s slate. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Royals have an implied total of 4.8 runs. Through 22 1/3 innings this season, Blackburn is registering a 15.0 strikeout percentage and a 5.0 walk percentage this season, with a 4.89 xERA and a .334 xwOBA.