The in dire KC Royals 2-6 road trip through Arlington and St. Petersburg has them straits as their ALCS opponent comes to town. These clubs are going in different directions, Toronto is tied for first in the AL East while Kansas City continues to fall behind.
It’ll be the Blue Jays first appearance at Kauffman Stadium since not being able to capitalize on Wade Davis in game six.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Friday, 7:15 pm – Francisco Liriano/LHP (6-11, 5.46 w/ PIT) v. Dillon Gee/RHP (3-5, 4.66)
Saturday, 6:15 pm – Aaron Sanchez/RHP (11-1, 2.71) v. Danny Duffy/LHP (7-1, 2.98)
Sunday, 1:15 pm – Marcus Stroman/RHP (8-4, 4.74) v. Yordano Ventura/RHP (6-9, 4.83)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Even with Duffy pitching this weekend where do the Kansas City Royals have a pitching advantage? This could be another rough time for a team that has struggled lately.
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Game 1: Liriano comes over from Pittsburgh trying to help lead a team in these final few weeks. Gee continues to be trotted out which shows how thin this rotation largely is.
Game 2: Sanchez will stay in the rotation despite concerns with how many innings pitched. Duffy threw a one hitter on Monday night
Game 3: Yordano Ventura has pitched a bit better for the Kansas City Royals since the all star break, with a 3.60 ERA in four starts, but it hasn’t been drastic. Meanwhile, Stroman has had a similarly disappointing season in which he was expected to emerge as a top of the rotation starter.
Series Outlook –
Prediction – Toronto wins two of three from the KC Royals
During the regular season the Blue Jays went 4-3 against the World Champions but lost 4-2 in the American League Championship Series.
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.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast all three games of this series from Rogers Centre 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 Royals Hall of Famer/2007 Ford C. Frick Award winner Denny Matthews, Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart.