These two teams last met 23 days ago at Minute Maid Park in Houston, where the Astros swept Kansas City. Fast forward to today, where our KC Royals are 20 games over .500 and the ‘Stros are in second place behind the Los Angeles Angels.
Yesterday, Houston made a move to give them another starter who is a familiar face in KC and will start game one. This should be another entertaining series between these two who weren’t expected to have the seasons they are currently enjoying.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups:
Friday 7:10 pm – Scott Kazmir/LHP (5-5, 2.38) v. Jeremy Guthrie/RHP (7-5, 7-5, 5.36)
Saturday 6:10 pm – Scott Feldman/RHP (4-5, 4.93) v. Danny Duffy/LHP (4-4, 4.24)
Sunday 1:10 pm – Dallas Keuchel/LHP (12-4, 2.12) v. Yordano Ventura/RHP (4-7, 5.19)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – The Astros new addition will get his feet wet immediately when this series gets started tonight. Other than that, this looks like it could be a hit and miss series given the pitchers being used on both sides.
Game 1: Kazmir doesn’t have the record to match his low ERA, he’s also faced KC twice in 2015 while with Oakland which he’s 0-1 and team is 0-2. Guthrie got a no-decision last Saturday at Chicago in the Royals extra inning victory.
Game 2: Feldman has a high earn run average, and is under .500 this season, so this could be a nice match-up for KC. Duffy starts for the first time since his eight plus inning gem against the White Sox, making it interesting to see how he does.
Game 3: Keuchel was tabbed by Ned Yost to start for the AL in Cincinnati which likely was based off his mastery when throwing against KC when these two last met. Ventura has an interesting week, as he pitched lousy, was demoted to Omaha then Jason Vargas gets hurt 24-hours later and is back with the team. We’ll see which version throws Sunday, classic Yo or current.
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Series Prediction – Houston is 21-26 away from MMP this season compared to 33-17 at home. They’ll throw two lefties which typically give our Royals fits. Each pitching match-up is interesting given who knows how it’ll play out given the K will be besieged by hot temps which will make it play a tad different. Line-up wise can Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas keep up their current tear at home which they provided versus Pittsburgh? Prediction: Astros take two of three
Houston outscored Kansas City 16-6 in their lone series versus one another winning 6-1, 4-0 and 6-5. Lance McCullers handled Joe Blanton in game one, Keuchel beat Duffy game two and Luke Gregerson out dueled Kelvin Herrera in the finale. That final game featured a replay that went against our boys in blue which say Jose Altuve avoid a Salvador Perez tag.
Following the last series Houston now lays claim to a 25-20 advantage versus KC and is 13-8 at Kauffman Stadium. The Astros swept the series here last season versus our Royals in addition to winning the past six games between these teams.
FOX Sports Kansas City will have all three games between these two with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler on the call. Joel Goldberg and Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery host Royals Live before and after the games from left field.
The Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in Kansas City) has Royals Hall of Famer/2007 Ford C. Frick winner Denny Matthews describing the action from the K with Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart along side.
2015 Series Schedule/Results v. Astros (HOU 3-0)
June 29 – July 1, Minute Maid Park: L 6-1, L 4-0, L 6-4
July 24-26, Kauffman Stadium