KC Royals Make Rare Trip to Miami

The Royals will be seeing Marlins Park for the first time this week, where Jose Fernandez is pretty unbeatable. Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Royals will be seeing Marlins Park for the first time this week, where Jose Fernandez is pretty unbeatable. Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

Our surging KC Royals take their eight game winning streak to the beaches of South Florida and site formally known as the Orange Bowl. Kansas City makes a rare trip to Miami where they’ll face a tough Marlins team on this six-game road trip.

The Marlins are in a similar situation as KC, they trail Washington by a similar match-up while being right in the mix for a wildcard berth.

Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Tuesday, 6:10 pm – Yordano Ventura/RHP (8-9, 4.46) v. Andrew Cashner/RHP (4-9, 4.92)
Wednesday, 6:10 pm – Dillon Gee/RHP (5-6, 4/52) v. Jose Fernandez/RHP (12-7, 3.05)
Thursday, 6:10 pm – Edinson Volquez/RHP (9-10, 5.04) v. Tom Koehler/RHP (9-8, 3.82)

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Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Saying their are some interesting pitching match-ups is quite the understatement. Games one and three look like they could go either way but game two is the outlier give who’s throwing. Gee has pitched at this stadium given that he used to pitch with the Mets, Fernanez is practically unbeatable in Miami. This series might hinge on who can take that middle game of this series between these two, which on paper looks like a mismatch.

Series Outlook – Royals fans might be unfamiliar with this opponent given how rarely these two see one another but make no mistake they’re competitive. Home run derby champion Giancarlo Stanton recently got hurt and will not be available. Marcel Ozuna is back from his triple-A exile of a year ago and has made up some of that lost production is someone to watch. Our boys in blue might be catching their stride as Alex Gordon is among the hottest hitters and Lorenzo Cain currently is locked in. Eric Hosmer returns home to his hometown and does so swinging a hot bat.

Prediction – Royals win two of three

2013 Meetings
Its been three years since these team met at Kauffman Stadium where Miami took two of three winning the last two games 1-0, 5-2 after dropping the opener 5-2.

Franchise History
All-time these teams are deadlocked at six games apiece with Miami holding a 5-4 advantage at the K. Kansas City is 2-1 in their only series played down south which was in 2008 at Dolphins Stadium, so this is their first trip to the site of next years All-Star Game.

TV/Radio Coverage
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.

All-Time Season Series – Schedule/Results: (Tied 6-6)
June 10-12, 2002 – Kauffman Stadium: L 15-8, W 6-0, L 13-5
June 15-17, 2007 – Kauffman Stadium: W 6-2, L 9-8, W 5-4
May 16-18, 2008 – Dolphins Stadium: W 7-6, L 7-3, W 9-3
August 12-14, 2013 – Kauffman Stadium: W 6-2, L 1-0, L 5-2

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