KC Royals Series Preview: Southside Showdown

There will be a familiar face at U.S. Cellular Field this weekend. Photo Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
There will be a familiar face at U.S. Cellular Field this weekend. Photo Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /

The KC Royals travel to the southside of Chicago on the heels of a 4-2 homestand against Atlanta and Boston to take on the division leading White Sox. This will be the first series between these AL Central rivals who’ll see plenty of one another in 2016. Kansas City avoids Chris Sale this time but the White Sox are still a capable club.

Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Friday, 7:10 pm – Dillon Gee/RHP (0-1, 3.12) v. Jose Quintana/LHP (5-2, 1.54)
Saturday, 1:10 pm – Danny Duffy/LHP (0-0, 2.57) v. Miguel Gonzalez/RHP (0-0, 5.17)
Sunday, 1:10 pm – Yordano Ventura/RHP (4-2, 4.85) v. Carlos Rodon/LHP (1-4, 4.73)

Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Neither teams will throw frontline guys, or at least those who fans from each side will consider in those roles. The six starters all do something different which should make this interesting to watch.

Game 1: Gee deserved a better fate than what he received, he gave Ned Yost a good start before the wheels fell off late but didn’t get run support. Quintana had struggled versus the Royals until last season when he finally got that win.

Game 2: Duffy went three innings of a game that went to extras but for 50 pitches he showed a lot of encouraging results which hopefully continues on Saturday afternoon. Gonzalez has the high earned run average an no decisions under his belt.

Game 3: Ventura threw real well versus Boston in his last start, however he did exit after allowing a homerun which made a comfortable lead turn to dust. Rodon is still young, he’s currently struggling but the lefty has good stuff which hopefully he doesn’t put together.

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Series Outlook – Chicago sits on top of the AL Central standings and will see Kansas City six times in the next two weeks. For our boys in blue this is a golden chance to cut into that deficit and just get themselves going in general. Todd Frazier came over in an offseason trade with Cincinnati, he fits this ballpark well which the numbers show. The Pale Hoes also acquired a new second basemen that’s loathed in these parts in Brett Lawrie who will get booed next week. This is a good chance for the Royals to get back in the thick of things or can the White Sox they’re legit.

Prediction – Royals take two of three

2015 Meetings
During the past two seasons KC has won 25-38 against their division rivals which includes a mark of 12-7 a season ago en route to winning the division.

Franchise History
All-time the Southsiders are 370-349 which includes being 205-161 in Chicago.

TV/Radio Coverage
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast all four games from US Cellular with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler. Joel Goldberg and Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery host Royals Live before and after the games.

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 from the southside of Chicago.

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