Apr 9, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (11) delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Series Preview: Kansas City Royals (4-7) at Houston Astros (5-8)


Next up on the current six-game road trip is three games against the Houston Astros (5-8) at Minute Maid Park. After being swept in Minneapolis the Kansas City Royals (4-7) will look to get things going before returning home this weekend.

Kansas City will look to end their losing streak at Minute Maid Park against Houston. Photo Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Pitching Match-ups:
Tuesday, 7:10 pm – Yordano Ventura/RHP (0-0, 0.00) v. Lucas Harrell/RHP (0-2, 11.05)
Wednesday, 7:10 pm – Jeremy Guthrie/RHP (2-0, 3.55) v. Dallas Keuchel/LHP (1-1, 3.75)
Thursday , 7:10 pm – Bruce Chen (0-1, 6.30)/LHP v. TBA

Comments on Pitching Match-ups – Tonight is another anticipated start by Ventura for Royals fans, many who need some excitement following a tough series at the Twins. KC will also start Guthrie and Chen against Houston during the series. As for the home team they’ll start Harrell to start Tuesday who’s in search of his first win of 2014. Keuchel is scheduled to start game two and has decent numbers in addition to a 1-1 record so far. In the series finale it’s unclear who’ll start so stay tuned to find out the Wednesday starter.

2013 Meetings:
The Astros first season in the American League saw two meetings between these clubs. Kansas City went 4-2 which included losing two of three in Houston but also saw KC sweep at Kauffman Stadium.

Franchise History:
This series only goes back to 1997 between these two clubs, Houston holds a narrow 19-17 advantage over Kansas City. In 18 games in the Lone Star State it’s tied between the two clubs at 9-9.

TV/Radio Coverage:
All three games can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler on the broadcast. Joel Goldberg will anchor the Royals Live before and after the game from Minute Maid Park. On the Royals Radio Network (610 Sports Radio in KC) will be Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart describing the action from the “Space City”.

Tickets: Royals @ Astros tickets

2014 Series Schedule/Results v. Astros
April 15-17, Minute Maid Park
May 26-28, Kauffman Stadium

Game Notes:
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