Following a 4-2 homestand against Toronto and Chicago the KC Royals aim to continue their success in Minneapolis. Over their last 10 games Kansas City is 6-4 where Minnesota is 5-5 which shows both are playing alright.
The Twins have struggled most of 2016 however over the past two weeks they’ve played well against the playoff teams.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Friday, 7:10 pm – Yordano Ventura/RHP (7-9, 4.64) v. Kyle Gibson/RHP (4-6, 4.86)
Saturday, 6:10 pm – TBA v. Tyler Duffy/RHP (7-8, 5.93)
Sunday, 1:10 pm – Edinson Volquez/RHP (8-10, 5.03) v. Hector Santiago/LHP (10-6, 4.47)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Danny Duffy threw is first career complete game on Thursday night which hopefully has a positive effect on Ventura. KC waited on Duffy which it seems like they’re now doing with Yordano. Saturday is unknown as Dillon Gee was pressed into service on Wednesday nights marathon win. Volquez has entered another slump which hopefully he can snap out of this start.
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Series Outlook – This series is another chance for the defending champions to get some wins and try to keep up in the standings. Since their last meeting Minnesota has played alright, playing spoiler versus teams that should be in the playoff hunt. This season KC has played well at Target Field which hopefully continues.
Prediction – Royals two of three
It’s been since May when Kansas City and Minnesota last meet which was three months ago. The Twins have improved oddly since, while our boys in blue have been up and down. KC did take two of three in that last series against the AL Central’s cellar dwellers.
All-time the Twins still have a sizable advantage between these two teams leading 381-358. Minnesota is also 200-168 in the land of thousand lakes versus the KC Royals, but the boys in blue are 31-28 at Target Field.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast all three games from downtown Minneapolis with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler. Joel Goldberg hosts 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.
2016 Season Series – Schedule/Results: (KC 5-1)
April 8-10, Kauffman Stadium: W 4-3, W 7-0, W 4-3
May 23-25, Target Field: W 10-4, W 7-4, L 7-5
August 12-14, Target Field
August 18-21, Kauffman Stadium
September 5-7, Target Field
September 27-29, Kauffman Stadium