KC Royals Series Preview: Rebound In Baltimore?
By Mike Vamosi
The KC Royals suffered through a rough series in Cleveland as they were outscored 25-6 and now see themselves trailing the Indians by a 1.5 games in the standings. They’ll look to get back to their winning ways in Baltimore the next three nights.
These two have seen each other already at Kauffman Stadium where the Kansas City Royals took two of three against the birds.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Monday, 6:05 pm – Danny Duffy/LHP (1-0, 3.44) v. TBA
Tuesday, 6:05 pm – Yordano Ventura/RHP (4-3, 4.82) v. Ubaldo Jimenez/RHP (2-6, 6.59)
Wednesday, 6:05 pm – Edinson Volquez/RHP (5-5, 4.03) v. Chris Tillman/RHP (7-1, 3.33)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – We’ve got five of six pitchers announced for this three game series at Oriole Park. Not knowing who’ll start game one makes saying that each game looks fairly balanced in terms of starting pitchers.
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Game 1: Duffy has been surprising as a starter with the exception being left in too long against Chicago last home stand. It’ll be interesting to see who Buck Showalter goes with against Duffman.
Game 2: Ventura gave the KC Royals a chance in his last start, but it was the bullpen/defense which caused him to get a no-decision. Jimenez has struggled most of this season which hopefully continues.
Game 3: Volquez is probably glad he doesn’t have to face Cleveland who’s had his number this season. Tillman has been Baltimore’s best starter this season losing just once so far.
Series Outlook – Mark Trumbo and Manny Machado are probably real excited to see a a KC Royals staff that’s struggled and it’ll be at their hitters friendly park. Salvador Perez will continued to be eased into the starting line-up but he’ll be counted on to generate offense behind Eric Hosmer.
Will we see any other line-up changes such as Alcides Escobar and Kendrys Morales dropped or given time off? All that said should the Kansas City Royals get the lead they have a rested bullpen, but the same can be said about Baltimore who has an equally solid bullpen.
Prediction – KC Royals win two of three
Back in April, the Orioles came to town taking only the middle game 8-3 against Kris Medlen. Our guys won 4-2 and 6-1 behind Chris Young plus Ventura who made strong starts.
All-time the O’s are 264-208 versus the Kansas City Royals which includes a mark of 141-91 in the Charm City.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast all four games from Baltimore with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler. Joel Goldberg hosts Royals Live before and after the games.
On the KC Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC) will be Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart from Baltimore’s inner harbor.
Series Schedule/Results v. Orioles (KC 2-1)
April 22-24, Kauffman Stadium – W 4-2, L 8-3, W 6-1
June 6-8, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
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