KC Royals: Updated Times & Postseason Playoff Guide for the First Round

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Some new times have been announced affecting the Royals and other teams.  Please check listings as times have changes.  The times for games Monday or later are still to be determined.  All times have been changed from Eastern to Central.

Many Royals’ fan will want to tune up by knowing their possible foes involving the four other American and five other National League teams. Here’s the way to watch the playoff by tv/cable outlet though times have not been announced for games Thursday or later.

Tuesday October 6:  Astros at Yankees one game wildcard at 7 pm central on ESPN.  Dallas Keuchel (20-8, 2.48) vs Masahiro Tanaka (12-7, 3.41)

Wednesday October 7 Cubs at Pirates one game wildcard at 7 pm on TBS.  Jake Arrieta, (22-6, 1.77)  vs. Gerrit Cole (19-8, 2.60).

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Thursday October 8  6:30 or 7:00 pm  Central (some wiggle room here–perhaps relating to earlier game). Astros-Yankees winner at Kansas City for best of five.  No pitchers have yet to be announced, but Yordano Ventura will likely start the game, although Ned Yost said he would announce the starter on Tuesday or Wednesday. If the Astros win, the starter may be Collin McHugh (19-7 3.89). If the Yankees win, it likely be rookie Luis Severino (5-3 2.89), who the Royals have yet to face.

Texas at Toronto for best of five.    Start time:  2:30 or 3:00 pm.  No pitchers announced for this matchup as of this point.

Friday October 9

Game 2 of ALDS sereies at the wild card winner at the Royals at 2:30 Central and Texas at Jays 11:30.  Fox, Fox Sports 1, or MLB.

Game 1 of NLDS Series,  Cubs-Pirates winner at St. Louis , best of five. TBS, 5:30 PM

Mets at Dodgers, best of five. TBS, 8:30 PM.

Saturday October 10

Travel Day for American League

Game 2 of the NLDS Cubs-Pirates winner at St. Louis, TBS, 4:30 PM  Central.

Game 2 of the NLDS Mets at Dodgers, TBS., 8PM  Central

Sunday, October 12, the ALDS series (game 3) continues on Fox or FS1.  Kansas City game is at 3: PM Central.  Toronto at 7:00.  The Chiefs at home for the Bears is at 12:00 noon.

This would be a travel day for National League teams.

Monday October 13, Monday, Game 4, if necessary, for the two ALDS series on Fox or FS1.

Game 3 for the NLDS teams on TBS.

Tuesday, October 14.

Travel day for American League teams, if necessary.

Game 4 for the two NLDS series on TBS, if necessary.

Wednesday, October 15

Game 5 for the ALDS if necessary on Fox or FS1.

Thursday, October 16

Game 5 for the NLDS, if necessary, on TBS.

The KC Royals enter the 2015 post-season on a roll winning their last five games in a row and ending up the season with. With Ventura likely starting, he has best pitcher for the Royals over the second half. Over the last 14 starts, Ventura has an ERA of 3.10 with 11 wins and 3 losses.  Ned Yost said, “He’s right where we want him to be.”

Nothing has been said but Johnny Cueto or Edison Volquez could start Friday night in Kansas City with his normal four days rest. Yost continued:  “I had a lot of confidence that we would get home field throughout… These guys just have a way of accomplishing something they set out to do. We had a little rough stretch, but we got it straightened out and won our last five games.”

The Royals finished the regular season at 95 and 67, two games better than the Toronto Blue Jays, who lost their last two games.  The Jays tried to start veteran Mark Buerhle on one day of rest, as he was trying to tie Gaylord Perry, Don Sutton, Warren Spahn, and Cy Young as the only pitchers who have 200 innings over 15 years.  The move backfired as he was not able to get out of the first, getting battered for 8 runs while recording only two outs, although none of the runs were earned as the Jays also committed two errors by Ryan Goins and Edwin Encarnacion.

That implosion allowed the KC Royals to capture home field advantage throughout the postseason, as they will now sit and watch to see who they face in the first round.

Next: Projecting the Royals Playoff Roster

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