In their last series, the KC Royals experienced the highs and lows that baseball provides players and fans. Kansas City swept Tampa Bay while losing their best player, but did rally to win and now welcome in the high powered Toronto Blue Jays.
It’s another AL East team coming to town before the All-Star break, which occurs next week, and concludes a homestand which has seen our boys in blue go 6-2 currently.
Probable Pitching Match-ups:
Friday, 7:10 pm – Marco Estrada/RHP (6-4, 3.59) v. Danny Duffy/LHP (2-4, 5.14)
Saturday, 1:10 pm – Mark Buehrle/LHP (9-5, 3.38) v. Chris Young/RHP (7-4, 2.89)
Sunday, 1:10 pm – Felix Doubront/RHP (1-0, 2.00) v. Edinson Volquez/RHP (8-4, 3.40)
Comments on Pitching Match-ups – This three game series seems to be even in terms of starters but old KC nemesis Buehle starts on Saturday. Toronto isn’t known for their pitching but offense, can the Royals offense outscore them.
Game 1: Estrada has been one of the Jays bright spots in their rotation which has struggled so far this season. Duffy will try to continue to gain consistency which has been lacking so far but will face a tough line-up.
Game 2: Buerhle seems to always have Kansas City’s number in addition to pitching quickly, which against a line-up that swings early could make for a fast game. Young pitched game one on Tuesday, he benefitted from Paulo Orlando hitting a walkoff and took a no-decision.
Game 3: Doubront you may remember from his days in Boston, he’s got a low ERA and one win with the Jays. Volquez started game two, earning another victory this will be a tougher offensive team than the one he faced Tuesday.
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Series Predictions – Toronto is 18-24 away from Rogers Centre this season, which includes a rough go earlier this week on the south side. Offensively, the Jays feature All-Star starter Josh Donaldson and fellow All-Star Jose Bautista in addition to Edwin Encarnacion who all are threats to hit go deep. Can the Royals recent offensive flurry continue before their seven All-Stars (Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Perez, Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Mike Moustakas) go represent the team in Cincinnati. Prediction: Blue Jays take two of three
Last season, the KC Royals were 4-3 against their neighbors to the north, winning two of three at Kauffman Stadium by a 18-8 margin. The teams split at Rogers Centre, including KC’s wild comeback win in extra innings.
All-time Toronto is 190-182 against Kansas City, at the K our Royals hold an advantage of 97-88 versus the Jays.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast all four games with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler on the call. Royals Live can be seen on FSKC before and after with host Joel Goldberg and Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery and Bruce Chen from their set in left field.
The Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in Kansas City) will have Royals Hall of Famer/2007 Ford C. Frick Award winner Denny Matthews who’ll be joined by Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart describing all the action from the Twin Cities.
2015 Series Schedule/Results v. Blue Jays
July 10-12, Kauffman Stadium
July 30-31 – August 1-2, Rogers Centre