KC Royals Series Preview: Royals (90-66) at White Sox (73-83)


Another night in Chicago on the heels of a walkoff loss at Wrigley Field, our KC Royals will look to rebound on the Southside. Last night’s defeat puts Kansas City one game behind Toronto for home field advantage.

Royals and White Sox meet for a final time in 2015 with Kansas City needing some wins. Photo Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Last time these teams met the White Sox swept through Kauffman Stadium getting their first three wins in KC this season.

Probable Pitching Match-Ups:
Tuesday, 7:10 pm – Johnny Cueto/RHP (10-12, 3.45) v. Jeff Samardzija/RHP (10-13, 5.04)
Wednesday, 7:10 pm – Edinson Volquez/RHP (13-9, 3.65) v. Jose Quintana/LHP (9-10, 3.38)
Thursday, 7:10 pm – Kris Medlen/RHP (5-2, 4.30) v. John Danks/LHP (7-14, 4.53)

Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – It feels like these are the only three pitchers the ChiSox throw against the Royals. Kansas City’s starters need to continue to prove they’re ready for the postseason with good starts.

Game 1: Cueto pitched alright last time out, even if that’s the norm you can live ok with him allowing three runs per contest I suppose. The shark has had quite the season versus the boys in blue and is pitching to see if he can get paid.
Game 2: Volquez has struggled and if he could get right that goes a long way for everyone. Quintana finally got his first win versus crown town in his last start.
Game 3: Medlen like his two teammates needs a good start here to ease concerns heading to October. Danks seems to always have KC’s number so hopefully they tag him one more time.

Series Prediction – Chicago can do nothing more than being a thorn in the Royals sides this series as they are eliminated and can’t win the season series. That said it’s a dangerous place for Kansas City to overlook. They’ll also try to get the offense going which went scoreless last night in an extra innings defeat to the Cubs. Prediction: White Sox win two of three

2015 Meetings:
It’s 10-6 in favor of KC this season, however the White Sox won three straight earlier this month scoring 25 runs to just seven for the Royals.

Franchise History:
Despite recent success the southsiders lead the all-time series at 369-347 and 204-159 in Chicago which includes a mark of 112-89 at “the Cell”.

TV/Radio Coverage:
All three games can be seen on FOX Sports Kansas City with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler handling the action. Joel Goldberg and Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery host Royals Live before and after 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. White Sox (KC 10-6):
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: L 12-1, L 6-1, L 7-5
September 29-October 1, US Cellular Field

Game Notes:
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals