KC Royals Should Not Underestimate Cincinnati Reds
By Mike Vamosi
We’re finally set for interleague baseball in 2015; granted, it’s not that far removed from last October, but it is still the first time this season. It’s the first of four games against the Reds who Kansas City will see later this season in Cincinnati.
This year’s All-Star Game hosts enter two game under .500 against the KC Royals who climbed back to ten games over after beating New York two out of three this past weekend.
Probable Pitching Match-ups:
Tuesday, 7:10 pm – Johnny Cueto/RHP (3-3, 2.93) v. Yordano Ventura/RHP (2-3, 5.36)
Wednesday, 7:10 pm – Jason Marquis/RHP (3-2, 5.66) v. Jeremy Guthrie/RHP (3-2, 5.44)
Comments on Pitching Match-ups – Cueto, on paper, is the best of the four pitchers who’ll take the mound at Kauffman Stadium. That said, hopefully Ventura found something in Arlington last week where he still gutted out six innings. Wednesday features two veterans with sub-five earned run averages.
Game 1: This should be a fun match-up of pitchers who each have extremely gifted fastballs that they use. It’ll be a nice match-up between guys who’s records don’t reflect how they’ve done this season which I mean both positively/negatively.
Game 2: 0.22 is what separates these two veteran righties on Wednesday, which sounds good until you see how high their ERA’s are. Which pitcher can limit the other team should be key, also will Ned Yost let Drew Butera catch Guthrie like his last two starts, in which he is 2-0.
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Series Predictions – KC will see NL Central teams staring tonight in interleague starting with Cincinnati which are under .500. Tuesday I think goes number of ways but which Ventura will Kansas City throw out there? I like the Royals chances on Wednesday night more due to how the match-ups seem. When these two meet later on at Great American Ballpark we’ll crown a series winner but these time I see a draw. Prediction: Two game split
These teams last met in 2011 in Cincinnati with Kansas City winning two of three games. KC won 6-5 and 7-3 while dropping the middle game 11-5. Royals who earned wins Victor Marte and Zack Greinke with Joakim Soria getting a save while Brian Bannister picked up a loss.
All-time Kansas City holds a 9-8 series lead which includes a 3-3 mark at the K and 6-5 at Great American Ballpark. Last time these two met in Missouri KC swept the Reds in 2009 winning 4-1, 7-4 and 7-1, Luke Hochevar earned the series opening win.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast both games with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler on the call. Royals Live takes place 30 minutes prior to first pitch which is hosted by Joel Goldberg and Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery from left field, in addition to following the game.
The Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in Kansas City) has Royals Hall of Famer/2007 Ford C. Frick Award winner Denny Matthews who’s joined in the booth by Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart describing all the action from the K.
2015 Series Schedule/Results v. Reds
May 19-20: Kauffman Stadium
August 18-19: Great American Ballpark
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