Our KC Royals hopefully didn’t use all the offense up Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis after dispatching the Twins 11-4 on get away day. Next up is chasing second place Detroit—and getting to .500—as our boys in blue are three games under.
The Tigers took two of three after the All-Star break, which started the Royals swoon of losing series in July. Roles have sort of changed as Kansas City has gone 6-4 over their last 10, Detroit is just 4-6.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Monday, 6:08 pm – Ian Kennedy/RHP (6-9, 3.91) v. Daniel Norris/LHP (1-0, 4.00)
Tuesday, 6:08 pm – Danny Duffy/LHP (8-1, 2.92) v. Justin Verlander/RHP (12-6, 3.42)
Wednesday, 6:08 pm – Yordano Ventura/RHP (8-9, 4.60) v. Anibal Sanchez/RHP (6-12), 6.31)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Kennedy hasn’t factored into a decision since July 25th when he lost to the Angels. That’s three starts of no-decisions. Tuesday night features two pitchers who’ve had much success against their opponents: Verlander in his career is noted but he’s also 2-0 against the champs in 2016 where Duffy is 1-0 versus the Tigers this season.
Ventura is also 2-0 against this opponent; nearly a month ago, he was close to making it 3-0 but he faltered late then Joakim Soria lost the series finale.
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Series Outlook – Ian Kinsler has put up excellent numbers against the Royals during 2016, as the University of Missouri product seems to find a knack for getting the big hits. Paulo Orlando is coming off a big game on Sunday where he just missed a cycle by a double, he’s hit each division for pretty well this season which hopefully continues.
Prediction – The KC Royals take two of three
After starting 5-2 in this season series, KC lost their first series in Detroit when the Tigers got a walkoff win. Due to what must’ve been a schedule quirk, the first seven games were at Kauffman Stadium then the next six here at Comerica Park.
All-time Detroit leads 328-327 in this closely contested series between AL Central rivals. After losing the past series, the Royals are now 68-82 at this ballpark in downtown Detroit.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast two of the three games from the downtown Detroit with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler. Joel Goldberg and KC Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery host Royals Live before and after the games.
ESPN Monday Night Baseball will provide coverage to those outside of Detroit and Kansas City.
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 Series Schedule/Results v. Tigers: (KC 6-4)
April 19-21, Kauffman Stadium: W 8-6, L 3-2, W 4-0
June 17-19, Kauffman Stadium: L 10-4, W 10-3, W 16-5, W 2-1
July 15-17, Comerica Park: L 4-2, W 8-4, L 4-2
August 15-17, Comerica Park:
September 2-4, Kauffman Stadium:
September 23-25, Comerica Park: