Not the best of weekends for our KC Royals after getting swept by the White Sox at home but they’ve got a chance to get close to that division crown. The Twins are in for three which will be a great chance to shave a few more games off their magic number.
Despite how this weekend went KC holds a good division lead, however Minnesota is chasing that second wildcard so they need these games also.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups:
Monday, 7:10 pm – Tommy Milone/LHP (7-4, 3.60) v. Yordano Ventura/RHP (10-7, 4.24)
Tuesday, 7:10 pm – Kyle Gibson/RHP (9-9, 3.84) v. Edinson Volquez/RHP (12-7, 3.53)
Wednesday, 6:10 pm – Mike Pelfrey/RHP (6-9, 4.17) v. Kris Medlen/RHP (3-1, 4.88)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – These are interesting match-ups on the mound this weekend which should make this series fun to watch.
Game 1: Milone is a lefty who seems to have the Royals number during his career. Ventura has rebounded nicely over his last four starts which is encouraging heading into this last month.
Game 2: Missouri alum Gibson has given KC troubles prior to this season but has struggled in previous starts this season versus the AL Champs. Volquez could really use a rebound start after some recent struggles.
Game 3: Pelfrey has had mixed results against the division leaders as he’s both struggled and looked great against the boys in blue. Medlen was touched up against the Pale Hoes in his last start which was his first bad outing since joining the team.
Series Prediction – These teams have played 13 times with the team who holds a big division lead leading this season series. Minnesota’s young players have really helped carry the load as Brian Dozier has slowed up but Miguel Sano has really found his stride. Against the White Sox the Royals offense didn’t really do anything until Sunday where Salvador Perez, Mike Moustakas and Jarrod Dyson each hit home runs. The Twins have been playing much better but lately however I think that KC gets it right. Prediction: Royals take two of three
This season Kansas City holds an 8-5 record versus our I-29 North rivals, which includes a mark of 4-3 at Kauffman Stadium this season.
Minnesota holds an all-time advantage of 378-349 against KC, but in the city of fountains it’s the Royals leading 186-179.
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. Twins (KC 8-5):
April 13-16, Target Field – W 12-3, L 3-1, L 8-5
April 20-22, Kauffman Stadium – W 7-1, W 6-5, L 3-0
June 8-10, Target Field – W 3-1, W 2-0, W 7-2
July 2-5, Kauffman Stadium – L 2-0, W 3-2 (F/10), L 5-3, W 3-2
September 7-9, Kauffman Stadium
October 2-4, Target Field