KC Royals Take On Confident Chicago White Sox
By Mike Vamosi
We move to the middle portion of this current homestand for our KC Royals with Chicago coming to town one more time this season. Can the offense continue to perform as it did against Detroit the past two games?
The White Sox adjusted their rotation for Sunday, in addition come to town with confidence after how they did at Minnesota.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Friday, 7:10 pm – John Danks/LHP (6-12, 4.82) v. Kris Medlen/RHP (3-0, 3.51)
Saturday, 6:10 pm – Jose Quintana/LHP (7-10, 3.75) v. Danny Duffy/LHP (7-6, 4.11)
Sunday, 1:10 pm – Erik Johnson/RHP (1-1, 6.46) v. Johnny Cueto/RHP (9-10, 3.04 w/ CIN-KC)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – After a so-so series that saw only one Royal starter earn a victory against the Tigers, that will hopefully change this weekend.
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Game 1: Danks has great numbers against KC, however he’s been more human this season versus our boys in blue. Medlen has been greater than expected since joining the rotation, and although he had a tough outing in St. Pete on Saturday, he still earned a win.
Game 2: Quintana still is looking for his first victory against the Royals which for whatever reason he can’t figure out. Duffy is looking to bounce back from his start last Sunday which could’ve gone better, he threw a lot pitches early on and didn’t get him deep into the game.
Game 3: Johnson replaces Chris Sale in the rotation this weekend and it’ll be the first time making a starter versus Kansas City this season. Cueto has had three rough starts in a row which hopefully changes with this outing.
Series Prediction – These two are getting down to their last couple meetings this season. Fortunately these two haven’t had any issues lately outside of baseball. Lorenzo Cain and Kendrys Morales had superb series last time out which hopefully continues. It’s been call-ups who’ve done damage with Chesler Cuthbert and Paulo Orlando getting playing time for Mike Moustakas and Alex Gordon while contributing. Gordon has played well in his two games played this week and could see his spot in the line-up change soon. Prediction: Royals take two of three
Chicago hasn’t won at Kauffman Stadium this season and is 3-10 overall this season, including getting swept last month. Kansas City won 3-2, 7-6 and 5-4 with Edinson Volquez, Jeremy Guthrie and Kelvin Herrera getting wins.
Despite their struggles the White Sox still lead the all-time series 366-347, but the Royals have a advantage in the city of fountains at 188-162 including being 166-151 at the K.
All three games can be seen on FSKC with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler handling the action this weekend. 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 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 10-3):
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: W 3-2, W 7-6, W 5-4
September 4-6, Kauffman Stadium
September 29-October 1, US Cellular Field
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