Series Preview: Yankees (67-61) at Royals (72-57)


All eyes on Kauffman Stadium tonight as ESPN has tonight’s game against New York which was originally part of a four-game series in June. On the heels of a 6-3 road trip through Minneapolis, Denver and Arlington KC is home for 10 straight starting tonight.

Aug 25, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) warms up prior to the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

In addition to this one game the AL Central leading Royals will host Minnesota, Cleveland and Texas with the hope of padding their division lead.

Probable Pitching Match-ups:
Monday, 6:10 pm – Michael Pineda/RHP (2-2, 2.05) v. James Shields/RHP (12-6, 3.68)

Comments on Pitching Match-ups – This match-up seems to favor the Royals given how inconsistent Pinada has been since donning the pinstripes. Shields has a solid career record against New York which hopefully continues tonight.

Series Predictions – Tonight has a one-game playoff feel to it right? Ok, not quite but put that in your minds now. Both teams are coming off series wins over the weekend which should make for a good game tonight. Prediction: Royals win

Yankees Line-up v. Shields – 1 Jacoby Ellsbury/CF, 2 Derek Jeter/SS, 3 Brian McCann/C, 4 Carlos Beltran/DH, 5 Stephen Drew/2B, 6 Martin Prado/LF, 7 Chase Headley/1B, 8 Ichiro Suzuki/RF, 9 Zelous Wheeler/3B
Royals Line-up v. Pinada – 1 Jarrod Dyson/CF, 2 Omar Infante/2B, 3 Alex Gordon/LF, 4 Billy Butler/1B, 5 Salvador Perez/C, 6 Raul Ibanez/DH, 7 Lorenzo Cain/RF, 8 Mike Moustakas/3B, 9 Alcides Escobar/SS

2014 Meetings:
In June these teams were to play four games but mother nature had other ideas, hence the make-up game tonight. New York took the opener 4-2 behind Chase Whitley getting the win over Jeremy Guthrie and David Robertson the save. Game two was an 8-4 KC win with Aaron Crow getting the win and David Phelps the loss. The finale saw Shields pick up a 2-1 victory over Hiroki Kuroda while Greg Holland picking up the save.

Franchise History:
All-time New York leads 269-185 over Kansas City which includes a 123-108 record in KC and 111-97 at Kauffman Stadium.

TV/Radio Coverage:
Fans can tune into FOX Sports Kansas City for tonight’s game with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler on TV. Joel Goldberg hosts Royals Live before and after with Jeff Montgomery from Rivals in right field. ESPN is in town for Monday night baseball with Dave O’Brien and former MLB player Aaron Boone on the call while Tim Kurkjian reports from the field. Royals Hall of Famer/2007 Ford C. Frick Award winner Denny Matthews is joined in the booth by Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart will be on the Royals Radio Network (610 Sports Radio in KC) describing the action from the K. Saturday night the game will be available on FOX Sports.

AL Central Standings (August 25):
Kansas City Royals (72-57, – GB)
Detroit Tigers (70-59, 2 GB)
Cleveland Indians (66-63, 6 GB)
Chicago White Sox (59-71, 13.5 GB)
Minnesota Twins (58-72, 14.5 GB)

2014 Series Schedule/Results v. Yankees (KC 2-1)
June 6-9, Kauffman Stadium – L 4-2, W 8-4, W 2-1, PPD
August 25, Kauffman Stadium
September 5-7, Yankee Stadium

Game Notes:
New York Yankees
Kansas City Royals