KC Royals Return Home Against First Place Tribe
In all three games this weekend at Comerica Park our KC Royals held a lead, however they still lost two of three games. The boys in blue return home for a nine game home stand that begins with first place Cleveland for three games.
This season series between these two have been all about home field as the Tribe have won six of seven played at Progressive Field while the Royals won all three played in KC.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Monday, 7:15 pm – Corey Kluber/RHP (9-8, 3.51) v. Edinson Volquez/RHP (8-8, 4.85)
Tuesday, 7:15 pm – Danny Salazar/RHP (10-3, 2.75) v. TBA
Wednesday, 1:15 pm – Carlos Carrasco/RHP (6-3, 2.49) v. Ian Kennedy/RHP (6-7, 3.86)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Cleveland will deploy their excellent starting pitching against KC this week. It doesn’t really matter what part of the rotation they’re at because everyone is capable of beating you which is what comes when you have the best staff in the AL. On the other hand, Kansas City throws two pitchers who are better at home then they are away from the K.
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Game 1: Kluber is 1-1 versus the defending champions winning at home and losing his road start in this series. Volquez has struggled in his career against Cleveland and it’s continued during the 2016 season, he’s 0-1 against the division leaders.
Game 2: Salazar has been extremely tough in his starts against KC this season compiling a 2-0 record and just steamrolling each time. It’s unknown who’ll take this spot in Ned Yost‘s rotation given Chris Young/Dillon Gee‘s struggles in the fifth rotation spot.
Game 3: Carrasco is 0-1 this season when squaring off versus the Royals, his ERA doesn’t match his record to show how good he’s been. Kennedy has the lone win in Cleveland and also earned the win to finish off the sweep against the Tribe last time they met.
Series Outlook – Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana seem to wear out our guys when they play against them. Mike Napoli has also put up good numbers against Kansas City in the 10 games played so far this season which is something that hopefully changes. Being at home should help the offense which showed some flashes this past weekend in Detroit. Lorenzo Cain might return from the DL this series which helps both on offense and defense. Luke Hochevar and Joakim Soria gave some fans angst with the hiccups they had versus the Tigers which hopefully were just that being a product of the teams 17-32 road record.
Prediction – Royals win two of three
They’ve played 10 times in 2016 and this is only the second time meeting at Kauffman Stadium. Last time out KC did sweep the Tribe which boosted them in the standings but then the Indians went on a tear afterwards.
All-time the Indians are 338-320 versus our KC Royals, however in games played in Kansas City the numbers are 168-156 for the World Champions.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast all three games with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler from beautiful Kauffman Stadium. Joel Goldberg and KC 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.
Series Resulta/Schedule v. Indians (CLE 6-4)
May 6-8/Progressive Field: L 7-1, W 7-0, L 5-4
June 2-5/Progressive Field: L 5-4, L 6-1, L 7-1, L 7-0
June 13-15/Kauffman Stadium: W 2-1, W 3-2, W 9-4
July 18-20/Kauffman Stadium:
September 20-22/Progressive Field:
September 30-October 2/Kauffman Stadium:
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