Your KC Royals are back following a 4-2 trip through Miami and Boston this past week which keeps them firmly in the hunt for the division and wildcard. After struggling most of 2016 away from Kauffman Stadium our boys in blue have seemed to turn the corner.
That said this is another big week as they’ll face two teams also vying for postseason berths starting with New York and ending against Detroit here at home.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Monday, 7:10 pm – Michael Pineda/RHP (6-10, 5.02) v. Dillon Gee (5-7, 4.55)
Tuesday, 7:15 pm – Masahiro Tanaka/RHP (11-4) v. Edinson Volquez/RHP (10-10, 4.88)
Wednesday, 7:15 pm – Luis Cessa/RHP (4-0, 4.11) v. Ian Kennedy/RHP (9-9, 3.57)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups
These should be unpredictable probable pitching match-ups with Pineda being inconsistent at best versus another unknown in Gee (he’s pitched better lately). Tanaka is definitely their best pitcher and will square off against Volquez who did gut out a win his last time out despite not having his best stuff.
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Cessa is an unknown to most our fans with how new he is to their rotation, he is unbeaten with a high ERA. Kennedy who used to pitch in pinstripes will look to even his 2016 mark against his former team as they went deep off him in the home run friendly Yankee Stadium.
These teams were on different paths when they last saw one another, they’re now competing for postseason spots which given where they were is remarkable. Gone via trades are Carlos Beltran, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman while Alex Rodriguez was exiled or released by the club.
On our side Salvador Perez now has 20 home runs this season after hitting three at Fenway Park. Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain also hit HRs this road trip. They’re getting hot yet again which will be needed.
Prediction – Royals take two of three
New York took three of four back when these two met in early May at Yankee Stadium. KC’s only win was a 7-3 victory behind Ventura in game three. They lost 6-3, 10-7 and 7-3 in the other three match-ups.
All-time the Yankees hold an advantage of 283-192, adding three more wins this season. Here in the city of fountains New York boosts a 125-110 record.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast all three games with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler. Joel Goldberg and 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 KC Royals Hall of Famer/2007 Ford C. Frick Award winner Denny Matthews who’s joined in the booth by Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart.