When these two teams last met, Detroit could still see the KC Royals from a distance in the standings. Since that last meeting, magic numbers have lowered and the Tigers have sunk to last place.
Today rosters expanded across baseball, but make no mistake, Alex Gordon returning is the biggest addition for any team that’s chasing the commissioners trophy in October.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups:
Tuesday, 7:10 pm – Justin Verlander/RHP (2-6, 3.45) v. Johnny Cueto/RHP (9-9, 2.94 w/ Cin/KC)
Wednesday, 7:10 pm – Randy Wolf/LHP (0-2, 2.57) v. Yordano Ventura/RHP (9-7, 4.41)
Thursday, 7:10 pm – Matt Boyd/LHP (1-5, 7.12) v. Edinson Volquez/RHP (12-7, 3.27)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Detroit will throw two left handed pitchers which the Royals statistically have had more issues with despite being slightly above .500. KC will deploy their Dominican trio this series.
Game 1: Verlander has struggled this season, which you can tell by looking at his record, but that doesn’t account for time he missed during a disappointing year. Cueto has had back-to-back starts that have caused concerns among fans, but hopefully he gets right this month. He is 2-0 versus the Tigers since coming over.
Game 2: Yes, that’s right Mr. Wolf is still pitching and is doing so for the Tigers. Ventura will look to continue his upward climb in terms of consistency.
Game 3: Boyd has made a couple starts against the Royals since being acquired, and they’ve yielded two different results – one good and one bad. Even with the positive outing, he still lost both starts. Volquez is another pitcher who needs to get back in a groove before postseason play.
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Series Prediction – For the next two weeks, you won’t see seventh inning cyborg Kelvin Herrera or Alex Rios in right field, as the chicken pox have taken both out of the line-up. While the roster did expand today, no one outside of Gordon can truly be surprising based on what was expected. Miguel Cabrera returns to Kauffman Stadium after being hurt during previous visits. These teams are going in different directions and expect the same this series as one is playing for 2016 and the other home field and taking the formers division crown. Prediction: Royals take two of three
Kansas City took two of three when these two met in early August . KC won 4-0, 6-1 behind Cueto and Ventura but dropped the finale 7-4 with Volquez on the mound.
Detroit still holds an all-time lead of 321-318 over Kansas City; however, in the city of fountains the Royals are 166-152 and 156-138 at the K versus their opponents from the Motor City. The Tigers have won four of the seven meetings in KC this season.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast this three game series 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 from the 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 K.
2015 Series Schedule/Results v. Tigers (KC 7-6):
April 30-May 3: Kauffman Stadium – W 8-1, W 4-1, L 2-1, L 6-4
May 8-10: Comerica Park – L 6-5, W 6-2, W 2-1 (10 inn)
August 4-6: Comerica Park – W 5-1, L 2-1, L 8-6
August 10-12: Kauffman Stadium – W 4-0, W 6-1, L 7-4
September 1-3: Kauffman Stadium
September 18-20: Comerica Park
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