KC Royals Series Preview: Will There Be A Win This Trip?

Ian Kennedy looks to end the Royals seven game losing streak against the White Sox in Chicago. Photo Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Ian Kennedy looks to end the Royals seven game losing streak against the White Sox in Chicago. Photo Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports /

The KC Royals began this trip with four losses in Cleveland, which led into three in Baltimore which included a public brawl between Manny Machado and Yordano Ventura. All that aside, our KC Royals have followed up a six-game winnings streak by losing seven straight.

The boys in blue need to get back to their winning ways and what better than against a division foe.

Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Friday, 7:10 pm – Ian Kennedy/RHP (4-4, 3.44) v. Chris Sale/LHP (9-2, 2.54)
Saturday, 1:10 pm – Chris Young/RHP (2-6, 6.37) v. Jose Quintana/LHP (5-6, 2.58)
Sunday, 1:10 pm – Danny Duffy/LHP (1-1, 3.35) v. Mat Latos/RHP (6-2, 4.62)

Comments on Pitching Match-Ups 

Game 1: Its’ been a tale of two Kennedy’s this season, the one who pitches at the K and other that struggles on the road. Which one will we see from the KC Royals on Friday night? After an excellent start Sale has struggled his past few starts.

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Game 2:  Young continues to struggle as a starter, he’s been best when coming out of the bullpen this season. Quintana has a sub-three ERA but is under .500 record wise but he’s been solid for them most of 2016.

Game 3: Duffy didn’t pitch bad against the O’s but had one hiccup and like other pitchers on this staff hasn’t received run support. Latos has been a good accusation however, he’s like say David Price good win/loss record with a high earned run average.

Series Outlook – Chicago, like the Kansas City Royals, have experienced struggles, especially given how they started their season. Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier are the two big bats that on paper seem like concerns given that Adam Eaton and Jimmy Rollins don’t exactly strike fear into your hearts. For the KC Royals it’s been a power outage on offense with runs being hard to come by. Who provides a spark behind Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer? Our Kansas City Royals are 0-7 this trip, will they drop three more and make it a winless trip?

Prediction – White Sox three game sweep

2016 Meetings
In the first six meetings the KC Royals have won five of them, last time they saw one another our boys in blue came back each game. Fans will remember the 7-1 ninth inning comeback but Salvador Perez and Cheslor Cuthbert collided sending Sal to the bench.

Franchise History
All-time the Southsiders are 371-354 which includes being 206-163 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 hosting Royals Live before and after the games this weekend.

On the Kansas City Royals Radio Network (610 Sports in KC) will be Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart from the southside of Chicago.

Series Results/Schedule v. White Sox (KC 5-1)
May 20-22, US Cellular Field: W 4-1, W 2-1, L 3-2
May 27-29, Kauffman Stadium: W 7-5, W 8-7, W 5-4
June 10-12, US Cellular Field
August 9-11, Kauffman Stadium
September 9-11, US Cellular Field
September 16-19, Kauffman Stadium

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