Our KC Royals will look to carry any momentum to this next series against the White Sox, on the heels of taking two of three in Toronto. Kansas City has four straight quality starts from their beleaguered starters, and have got enough offense.
Tied with Chicago, hopefully the rally mantis can continue to spur on victories as both teams are 53-58 and 10 games behind the Tribe and eight in the wildcard standings.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Friday, 7:15 pm – Chris Sale/LHP (14-5, 3.12) v. Edinson Volquez/RHP (8-10, 4.99)
Wednesday, 7:15 pm – Jose Quintana/LHP (9-8, 2.93) v. Ian Kennedy/RHP (6-9, 4.03)
Thursday, 7:15 pm – Miguel Gonzalez/RHP (2-6, 4.06) v. Danny Duffy/LHP (8-1, 2.97)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Recycled pitching match-ups as are typically the case when divisional foes square off in August. They’ve not played against one another since June when both teams were going opposite ways, and here they are with identical records.
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Game 1: Sale started the All-Star Game since these two last tangled, he’s slowed down a tad this second half (cut up some jerseys) but is still real good. Volquez continues to be maddening, pitching well at home no matter if he gets run support or not which is usually the ladder.
Game 2: Quintana continues to not have individual success against our boys in blue as he’s 0-2 so far this season. Kennedy lost in his lone meeting which he faced Sale losing 7-5 that evening on the South Side.
Game 3: Gonzalez was on the other side of a close defeat, he’s struggled most of this season which hopefully continues this week. Duffy was the pitcher of July and has been pretty good in his career starts against the pale hoes.
Series Outlook – After nine games the Kansas City Royals lead the season series 7-2 and have really controlled this season series the past couple years after struggling for years versus this divisional opponent. Kendrys Morales breaking out of his slump with a grand slam hopefully spills over to this series also. Can Raul Mondesi keep getting on base like he did this past weekend can only help out of the ninth spot.
Prediction – Royals take two of three
So far it’s been all Kansas City when these clubs have met with the KC Royals taking seven of nine against the White Sox. All but three games so far have been at US Cellular Field.
All-time the Southsiders are 372-356, the KC Royals hold a lead of 191-165 at home between these teams.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast all four games from the K 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 who’s joined in the booth by Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart from the city of fountains.