KC Royals open second half in Detroit, looking to rebound
By Mike Vamosi
The KC Royals shouldn’t be upset about being 45-43 at the break, for all their injuries and inconsistencies, upset about, however they will need to pick it up in the second half. That said being 16-30 away from Kauffman Stadium is something that needs to change starting this weekend.
Kansas City’s rotation needs to stop the Jekyll and Hyde act of not being able to throw well away from home which again needs to change.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Friday, 6:08 pm – Ian Kennedy/RHP (6-7, 3.97) v. Justin Verlander/RHP (8-6, 4.07)
Saturday, 6:08 pm –Danny Duffy/LHP (4-1, 3.09) v. Mike Pelfrey/RHP (2-8, 4.58)
Sunday, 12:08 pm –Yordano Ventura/RHP (6-7, 5.15) v. Michael Fuller/RHP (9-2, 2.11)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – The starters for the Kansas City Royals need to turn it around ASAP. On the flipside Detroit has gotten better and better which has them in second place, they’ve struggled against Cleveland also.
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Game 1: Kennedy has a five plus ERA away from home and two when pitching at the K, he’s 3-6 on the road. Verlander has been better than he started in his last seven starts which hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Game 2: Duffy who didn’t start until May was the KC Royals best starter which says a lot given when he first started. Pelfrey is the Tigers weak link in their rotation this season which the numbers show.
Game 3: Ventura is like a box of chocolates which is frustrating for all since you never know what you’re going to get. Fuller has been a great success story this season for his club as he’s sported a 0.63 ERA in his last seven starts.
Series Outlook – Being awful away from home in 2016 and not being good at this ballpark are hopefully trends that can be reversed this weekend in Michigan. Eric Hosmer (All-Star Game MVP), Salvador Perez and Kelvin Herrera had excellent showings in San Diego. Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez have been Royal pains in the past but have been muted a little bit this season in these games played this season.
Prediction – Detroit takes two of three from the KC Royals.
The Kansas City Royals have taken five of the first seven games which have all been played at Kauffman Stadium oddly enough. Fans will remember the extra innings game these two last played when Cheslor Cuthbert had the walkoff hit.
All-time these two teams are tied up at 326 so someone will regain the advantage after these three games.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast two of the three games from the downtown Detroit with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler. Joel Goldberg and KC Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery host Royals Live before and after the games.
FOX Sports 1 has regional coverage on Saturday night from Comerica.
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.
2016 Series Schedule/Results v. Tigers: (KC 2-1)
April 19-21, Kauffman Stadium: W 8-6, L 3-2, W 4-0
June 17-19, Kauffman Stadium: L 10-4, W 10-3, W 16-5, W 2-1
July 15-17, Comerica Park:
August 15-17, Comerica Park:
September 2-4, Kauffman Stadium:
September 23-25, Comerica Park:
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