On the heels of a 4-6 road trip through Cleveland, Toronto, and Detroit, the KC Royals return home to Kauffman Stadium for a 10 game home stand. After being away, the team should welcome being at the friendly confines of the K.
To open, they welcome the division rival Chicago, who they just saw a few weeks ago on the South Side, where KC took three of four.
Probable Starting Pitching Match-Ups:
Friday, 7:10 pm – John Danks/LHP (6-8, 4.80) v. Edinson Volquez/RHP (10-6, 3.20)
Saturday, 6:10 pm – Jeff Samardzija/RHP (8-6, 4.35) v. Jeremy Guthrie/RHP (7-7, 6.65)
Sunday, 1:10 – Jose Quintana/LHP (6-9, 3.50) v. Danny Duffy/LHP (5-5, 4.04)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups: The White Sox will throw two left handed pitchers, one who’s handcuffed the Royals and the other who can’t figure them out. In addition, an old nemesis returns to what should be a chorus of boos when he toes the rubber on Saturday night.
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Game 1: Danks is the Royal killer with his career mark of 9-1, which includes a 2-1 mark this season. Volquez has struggled in his career versus the Pale Hose as he’s just 1-2 this season and 1-3 all-time.
Game 2: This will be interesting, given that the Shark’s last Kauffman Stadium start was on Opening Day, and we know how that went. Guthrie, strangely, has good numbers against Chicago which hopefully continues.
Game 3: Quintana pitched well enough to get a win last time out, but earned a no-decision instead. Duffy continues to pitch well since his return which the best outing being at the Cell when he nearly threw a complete game.
Series Predictions – These two haven’t played against one another in KC since April believe it or not, has been four months. Chicago has played well lately which should make this series tough, the pitching lines up well however Danks has been tough as we know. Hopefully being home will get guys who’ve struggled going again. Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales have been red hot, which hopefully continues here at home. Prediction: Royals take two of three
KC took three of four at the Cell in their series right after the All-Star break, winning 4-2, 7-5 in 13-innings and 4-1 mixed in with a 2-0 loss. Chicago probably feels like they should’ve earned a split that series with how the extra inning game went.
All-Time Chicago leads 366-344, however Kansas City hold an advantage of games played in the Show Me State of 185-162 including 163-151 at the K.
Fox Sports Kansas City will broadcast all three games with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler on the call. Joel Goldberg and Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery host Royals Live before and after from their studio in left 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. White Sox (KC 7-3):
April 6-8, Kauffman Stadium: W 10-1, W 7-5, W 4-1
April 23-26, US Cellular Field: W 3-2 F/13, L 3-2, L 5-3
July 17-19, US Cellular Field: W 4-2, L 0-2, W 7-5 F/13, W 4-1
August 7-9, Kauffman Stadium
September 4-6, Kauffman Stadium
September 29-October 1, US Cellular Field