KC Royals Preview Red Sox (29-39) at Royals (38-25)
By Mike Vamosi
This weekend the Boston Red Sox make their lone visit to Kauffman Stadium to take on our KC Royals for a weekend Father’s Day series. Boston enters sitting alone in the basement of the AL East and is having a disappointing season thus far.
The Boston Red Sox come to Kansas City for their lone visit of 2015 this weekend. Photo Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City enters winners of four straight after defeating Milwaukee at Miller Park plus the K looks to continue their recent success.
Probable Pitching Match-ups:
Friday, 7:10 pm: Eduardo Rodriguez/LHP (2-1, 3.55) v. Yohan Pino/RHP (0-1, 0.64)
Saturday, 6:10 pm: Rick Porcello/RHP (4-7, 5.29) v. Edinson Volquez/RHP (6-4, 3.10)
Sunday, 1:10 pm: Wade Miley/LHP (6-6, 4.88) v. Chris Young/RHP (6-2, 1.98)
Comments on Pitching Match-ups – It’s now a classic Red Sox team that we’re used to seeing a couple times a year but they’re still a team of high paid players that were accumulated this offseason. They’ll trot out pitchers that may sound familiar plus a rookie to take on the AL Central leaders.
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Game 1: Rodriguez is a lefty who’s been in the minor leagues for most of this season and did get roughed up just last weekend. Pino returns with Yordano Ventura taking a trip to the DL (retroactive to June 13) he’s been effective when Ned Yost has called on him this season.
Game 2: Porcello returns to Kansas City after being traded from Detroit to Boston this offseason to shore up their rotation which he hasn’t done. Volquez did what he needed to win at Milwaukee in his last start which hopefully he can carry over.
Game 3: Miley is another new comer that comes via Arizona who drafted him, his numbers show that he’s not adjusted to his new league. Young did it all against the Brewers picking up some RBIs in addition to a win last time out.
Series Predictions – It’s another series where our boys in blue face a last place team. They feasted on one of the NL’s worst already this week now they’ll face another. On paper this seems like Boston is primed to walk all over but how’s that working out? Pablo Sandoval will return to the site where he caught Salvador Perez’s foul out to end last season’s World Series. I like how KC has been playing and think that they find a way to take this series before heading west next weekend. Prediction: Royals take two of three
Boston took six of seven games against Kansas City last season which included going 3-1 at the K. They also swept the Royals at Fenway Park to post that 6-1 record a season ago.
After last season’s domination the Red Sox currently own a 227-224 advantage in this season after trailing prior to 2014. In the city of fountains KC enjoys a 124-101 record which includes 110-91 at Kauffman Stadium.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast all three games with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler on the call. Royals Live takes before and after the game with host Joel Goldberg and Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery from the field.
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. Red Sox
June 19-21: Kauffman Stadium
August 20-23: Fenway Park
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