KC Royals Facing Tough Test Against St. Louis Cardinals
By Mike Vamosi
This weekend the I-70 series begins at Kauffman Stadium between your KC Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals. Unlike previous years, these teams meet up having the best two records in Major League Baseball. It should be a fun weekend full of bragging rights for each fan base (except when BBQ is involved).
Saturday night will be seen nationally on FOX, so the nations eyes will ascend once again on the K and Kansas City. Here’s hoping that the stadium is bluer than it’s been in years when the birds are in town.
Probable Pitching Match-ups:
Friday, 7:10 pm – Lance Lynn/RHP (3-3, 2.96) v. Chris Young/RHP (3-0, 0.94)
Saturday, 6:15 pm – John Lackey/RHP (2-2, 2.96) v. Danny Duffy/LHP (2-3, 5.87)
Sunday, 1:10 pm – Michael Wacha/RHP (6-0, 2.13) v. Edinson Volquez/RHP (3-3, 2.74)
Comments on Pitching Match-ups – Match-up wise, this looks like a mismatch on paper with the Redbirds throwing Lynn, Lackey and Wacha with KC countering by throwing Young, Duffy and Volquez. As we know, games are played on the field and not on paper, so we’ll see what happens.
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Game 1: Young has been great since being put into the rotation but will face one of his toughest tests going against Lynn. This match-up feels like a toss-up.
Game 2: Duffy seems to be on borrowed time in terms of how long he may or may not be in the rotation so this will be a big start. Lackey is the worst in my opinion of three pitchers STL will start this series.
Game 3: Last season at Busch Stadium Kansas City held their own against Wacha who’s gotten out to a great start. Volquez looks to add another great start on the heels of his shutout of New York.
Series Predictions – As mentioned, Kansas City please make sure the stadium doesn’t look like Arrowhead with chants heard of let’s go ______ (opponents team). KC, you’ve done well drawing fans so far so wear your blue and beat St. Louis. That all said, the Cardinals rotation lines up well; however, we know that won’t stop out Royals given how they’ve done against good pitching this season compared to others. That said, I feel like those dirty birds take this series. Prediction: Cardinals take two of three.
Kansas City took two of three last season winning both games in St. Louis and splitting at Kauffman Stadium to claim a 3-1 series win.
All-time St. Louis holds a 46-34 record as these teams will celebrate the 1985 World Series turning 30 years old this weekend. The team from east Missouri is 30-16 in the city of fountains during this interleague match-up.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast Friday and Sunday 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.
Saturday will be nationally covered with FOX having the game at 6:15 for part of the country to see. MLB Network will also let out of market fans see the finale Sunday.
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. Cardinals
May 22-24: Kauffman Stadium
June 12-14: Busch Stadium
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