Tonight begins the final homestand of 2015 in the regular season, during which they’ll welcome Seattle and Cleveland to town. The Mariners are high on the list of teams that had a disappointing year, but credit them for still playing tough down the stretch.
Returning home, our KC Royals need to find a groove before postseason baseball returns, and what better place than here at home where they’re 48-27.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups:
Tuesday, 7:10 pm – Hisashi Iwakuma/RHP (8-4, 3.90) v. Jeremy Guthrie/RHP (8-7, 5.55)
Wednesday, 7:10 pm – Roenis Elias/RHP (5-8, 4.07) v. Yordano Ventura/RHP (12-8, 4.40)
Thursday, 7:10 pm – TBA v. Johnny Cueto/RHP (9-12, 3.43 w/ CIN + KC)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Seattle will start two guys that are known and then who knows who gets the ball on Thursday. KC is scheduled to start two guys they need to get right and one they just want to see if he can help next month.
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Game 1: Iwakuma didn’t start when these two met in the Pacific Northwest but fans likely remember how he threw last season. Guthrie makes his first start since it was announced he’d be taking Danny Duffy’s spot in the rotation.
Game 2: Elias took the defeat on June 24 in the series finale which the Royals won 8-2. Ventura can continue to take steps to calming fans angst with a good start.
Game 3: It’s not known publically who will start for the M’s. Cueto hopefully can build on his last start which who knows the reasons it went well, Salvador Perez’s position or being relaxed we just want another good performance.
Series Prediction – When Kansas City was last seen the offense was in full flight putting up 10 runs behind Kendrys Morales big afternoon. Outside of Morales here’s hoping other parts of the offense continues to produce, Mike Moustakas had a nice weekend. Players who need to get going are Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and it be nice to see Alcides Escobar return to his early season form among others. The magic number sits at three but before the celebration there’s still an opponent to be beat and fan concerns to quiet. Prediction: Royals take two of three
When these teams met in late June at Safeco Field our boys in blue took two of three winning 4-1 and 8-2 with a 7-0 setback in between. Perhaps the series highlight was Joe Blanton defeating Felix Hernandez to open the series in a top you can’t predict baseball moment and lowlight for the M’s this season.
Kansas City holds a comfortable all-time series lead of 219-204 which includes a mark of 119-95 here at Kauffman Stadium.
FSKC is where you can catch all three games with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler bringing you all the action from the K. Joel Goldberg and Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery host Royals Live before and after from left field prior to each game.
On the Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC) will be 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 beautiful Kauffman Stadium.
2015 Series Schedule/Results v. Mariners (KC 2-1):
June 22-24: Safeco Field – W 4-1, L 7-0, W 8-2
September 22-24: Kauffman Stadium