The “red” trip continues with a final stop in Boston’s Fenway Park against the 2013 World Series Champions. It’s another disappointing season in Beantown which outside of their title has been the norm recently.
Following two games at the Great American Bandbox, our KC Royals will play at another ballpark known for allowing a lot of runs. It’s not been one of Kansas City’s strengths playing at these stadiums this season so hopefully they can continues this weeks’ success.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups:
Thursday, 6:10 pm – Danny Duffy/LHP (6-5, 4.03) v. Wade Miley/LHP (9-9, 4.58)
Friday, 6:10 pm – Johnny Cueto/RHP (9-7, 2.46 CIN+KC) v. Henry Owens/RHP (1-1, 6.19)
Saturday, 6:10 pm – Yordano Ventura/RHP (7-7, 4.82) v. Matt Barnes/RHP (3-3, 6.59)
Sunday, 12:35 pm – Edinson Volquez/RHP (11-7, 3.20) v. Eduardo Rodriguez/LHP (7-5, 4.48)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Boston is throwing two guys Royals fans probably have no idea about and then two that pitched in KC earlier this season. Kansas City is throwing their expected playoff rotation this series.
Game 1: Can Duffy pitch at this famous ballpark and keep his opponents from going deep on him? Miley is 1-0 this season versus our boys in blue winning on June 21 against Chris Young.
Game 2: Cueto missed a chance to pitch against Cincinnati versus his teammates but is coming off another solid start against LA. Owens isn’t a household name and has a high ERA in limited action so far.
Game 3: Like his teammate Duffman, can the thrower of fire Ventura tame the green monster and opponents offense this start after a good start on Sunday Night Baseball? Barnes is another young starter with a high ERA this season, but that doesn’t separate him from their rotation.
Game 4: Volquez took a no-decision in Tuesday night’s 13-inning marathon, in which he threw well outside of a first inning HR allowed. Rodriguez stifled KC June 19 at the K which the Sawks won 7-3 in the series opener.
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Series Prediction – This is a stadium that’s given KC issues since 2003 as the Royals are just 13-31 here over the past 11 years. David Ortiz can still hit at this stadium, Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez have each underperformed for what they were intended to do. On the flipside Kansas City get their DH back in Kendrys Morales after being relegated to pinch hitting duties in a NL park. Boston has been a mess this season, however Ben Zobrist, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer could plus others in this line-up could wreck havoc this weekend. Prediction: Series split
As mentioned these teams met June 19-21 at Kauffman Stadium with the Red Sox taking two of three winning 7-3 and 13-2. KC took the middle game winning 7-4 behind Volquez getting the win, the two pitchers who defeated the Royals will pitch this series.
These two have a close all-time series record with Boston leading 229-225 between these two franchises. At Fenway Park the home team is 126-100 versus their opponents from western Missouri.
All four games can be seen on FOX Sports Kansas City where Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler bring you the action. Joel Goldberg and Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery bring you Royals Live before and after each game 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 historic Fenway Park.
2015 Series Schedule/Results v. Red Sox (BOS 2-1):
June 19-21: Kauffman Stadium – L 7-3, W 7-4, L 13-2
August 20-23: Fenway Park