KC Royals Head North for Three in Toronto

Can Edinson Volquez and the Royals get it going in Toronto this week? Photo Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
Can Edinson Volquez and the Royals get it going in Toronto this week? Photo Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /

The KC Royals will travel north to celebrate the 4th of July in Toronto, on the heels of losing two of three in Philadelphia. This will be the first of two meetings between last years ALCS participants with this one on the Jays turf.

It’s no secret these two teams don’t like one another as evident by their six game American League Championship Series which KC won. These Blue Jays have played well while our boys in blue need to start showing signs of improvement before Cleveland buries them.

Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Saturday, 6:07 pm – Edinson Volquez/RHP (7-7, 4.60) v. Aaron Sanchez/RHP (8-1, 3.08)
Tuesday, 6:07 pm – Chris Young/RHP (2-7, 6.24) v. R.A. Dickey/RHP (5-9, 4.21)
Wednesday, 6:07 pm – Ian Kennedy/RHP (6-7, 4.04) v. Marcus Stroman/RHP (6-4, 5.08)

Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Lots of runs could be scored during this three game series between these two teams. Neither team probably feeling the best with who they’re trotting out to start each game.

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Game 1: Volquez had an excellent outing in St. Louis on Tuesday night, hopefully he can replicate his he threw versus Toronto last October. Sanchez has had a nice season so far this season indicated by his record plus ERA.

Game 2: Young could have a tough time against the Blue Jays line-up and that this stadium yields HR’s. Dickey had a tough time in a pivotal game of last years postseason meeting.

Game 3: Kennedy like all starters on this team has had his issues with keeping opponents in the ballpark which will be key for him. Stroman season has been up and down which leaves a question mark of what happens.

Series Outlook – Josh Donaldson and the Jays probably won’t admit to be chomping at the bit but you know they’d like to beat Kansas City. Toronto has played better lately they’re not blowing through their schedule like they did for three months last season. Offensively the Royals have played well but starting pitching needs to get going and just get it to the bullpen with a lead which maybe tough this series.

Prediction – Toronto sweeps the series

2015 Meeting
During the regular season the Blue Jays went 4-3 against the World Champions but lost 4-2 in the American League Championship Series.

Franchise History
All-time Toronto holds a 194-185 mark which includes a record of 105-86 north of the border and 68-51 here at Rogers Center.

TV/Radio Coverage
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast all three games of this series from Rogers Centre with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler. Joel Goldberg and Kansas City 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 Steve Physioc Ryan Lefebvre and Steve Stewart.

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