The KC Royals snapped a five series losing streak after an 11-inning, four hour plus game versus the struggling Atlanta Braves. Things will get much tougher as Boston comes to Kauffman Stadium for three games this week.
It’ll be David Ortiz final regular season visit to the K, he was a big pain for Houston this weekend at Fenway Park as the Red Sox won their series.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Monday, 6:08 pm – Rick Porcello/RHP (6-1, 3.11) v. Yordano Ventura/RHP (3-2, 4.62)
Tuesday, 7:15 pm – David Price/LHP (5-1, 6.00) v. Ian Kennedy/RHP (4-3, 3.25)
Wednesday, 1:15 pm – Steven Wright/RHP (3-3, 3.26) v. Edinson Volquez/RHP (4-3, 3.51)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – The Sawks come to town and will throw their top three pitchers at the Kansas City Royals which includes their prized free agent pitcher that KC Royals fans are familiar with.
Game 1: Porcello is one of two former Detroit Tigers who’ll throw during this series, he’s 6-1 with an ERA of 3.11. Ventura, needs to have a good outing sooner than later for the Kansas City Royals and improve on his walks allowed which this line-up will feast on.
Game 2: Price was the big prize of last offseason where Boston outbid everyone else for his services, he’s got a good record but high earned run average. Kennedy wasn’t terrible his last start in the Bronx as two of the three allowed HR’s would’ve been outs at most ballparks.
Game 3: Wright is Boston’s new knuckleball threat and has been decent this season for his team. Volquez has been consistent for the KC Royals despite not getting run support each outing, but that’s not specific to just his starts.
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Series Outlook – We mentioned Ortiz and his farewell tour which this will be his final time in KC unless there’s a postseason meeting. Jackie Bradley Jr. has been one of the key offensive pieces in addition to also tough Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, Mookie Betts and surprising Travis Shaw.
Craig Kimbral came over in an offseason trade to fortify their bullpen which for the most part he has. The Kansas City Royals need to get their offense going, after scoring runs in Cleveland and New York they didn’t seem to do much versus an Atlanta staff as they could’ve. Kendrys Morales walkoff hopefully gets him going as he’s a big part of the KC Royals offense.
Prediction – Red Sox take two of three
Boston took four of the seven meetings between these clubs last season, in KC they took two of three and then they split at Fenway Park.
All-time the Red Sox hold an advantage of 231-227, however at Kauffman Stadium our boys in blue are 125-103.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast all three games from beautiful Kauffman Stadium with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler. Joel Goldberg and KC Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery host Royals Live before and after the games.
On the KC Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC) will be Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer/2007 Ford C. Frick Award winner Denny Matthews who’s joined in the booth by Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart.