The KC Royals flew to Washington, D.C. on their off day and met President Obama. With all of that out of the way, Kansas City hosts Texas in the middle series of this home stand.
The Rangers are currently holding on out west with Houston closing in the standings. Texas is just 2-8 over their past 10 games which is two games worst than what our Kansas City Royals have experience at 4-6. These clubs will see quite a bit of one another as they’ll square off again next week in Arlington.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Friday, 7:15 pm – Yu Darvish/RHP (2-1, 3.15) v. Danny Duffy/LHP (5-1, 3.27)
Saturday, 6:15 pm –Cole Hamels/LHP (10-2, 3.00) v. Yordano Ventura/RHP (6-7, 4.97)
Sunday, 1:15 pm –A.J. Griffin/RHP (3-1, 4.26) v. Edinson Volquez/RHP (8-8, 4.72)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – These go way in the favor of Texas who’s well armed to take on the struggling KC Royals line-up by throwing two top pitchers. Granted compared of who our boys in blue could’ve thrown this is probably the best three pitchers to take on a tough line-up as any.
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Game 1: Darvish has spent a lot of time on the disabled list but since coming back he’s throwing well. Duffy allowed three or more runs for the first time last Saturday in Detroit but still gave his team a good start while being backed by offense.
Game 2: Hamels since coming over from Philadelphia has been pretty good for Texas since being acquired around this time last season. Ventura’s last two starts have resulted in strange things happening, errors leading to runs and a phantom balk despite pitching well.
Game 3: Griffin has been a welcomed surprise for his team despite having a high ERA this season. Volquez allowed another HR on Monday but he held down the Indians offense and gave his team a chance to rally late.
Series Outlook – Ian Desmond came over from Washington and was thrown into the outfield and has been a revelation in what he’s done on offense and defense. When not fighting the good fight against Toronto’s Jose Bautista, Rougned Odor has also been a staple in their line-up where he’s hit 17 home runs. Despite facing three tough starters, is that it takes to awakes this KC Royals offense? It’s time for Alex Gordon to awake from his long absence in terms of production.
Prediction – Rangers take two of three
The Rangers took four of seven versus the defending World Champions, splitting the series in Arlington then losing two of three in the City of Fountains.
All-time the Kansas City Royals enjoy an advantage between these two of 276-261 which includes a comfortable lead at their home park of 151-122
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast two of the three games from Kauffman Stadium with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler. 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 Kansas City 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. Rangers:
June 22-24, Kauffman Stadium:
July 29-31, Globe Life Park: