The KC Royals went 4-2 on their road trip through Minneapolis and Chicago which they needed to do as they remain on life support. They’ll need to continue and add wins with Oakland coming to town this series.
Billy Butler sadly will not be making another return to Kauffman Stadium as him and the Athletics parted ways on Sunday.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Monday, 6:15 pm – Ross Detwiler/LHP (1-3, 5.15) v. Dillon Gee/RHP (6-7, 4.34)
Tuesday, 6:15 pm – TBA v. Danny Duffy/LHP (11-2, 3.13)
Wednesday, 6:15 pm – TBA v. Yordano Ventura/RHP (10-10, 4.26)
Thursday, 6:15 pm – TBA v. Edinson Volquez/RHP (10-10, 5.09)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Bob Melvin has only announced one of his starters for this series prior to it beginning on Monday night. As for the home team, Gee stuggled but helped his team get a win versus the Twins. Duffy struggled last time out, however he was the victim of his own stuggles plus Joakim Soria not holding another lead. Ventura had been pretty good before the opening game against Chicago getting tagged for five runs. Volquez did enough but was helped out by his offense getting enough runs for him.
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Series Outlook – These four games are important given that they’re next on the schedule and Oakland is a beatable opponent. Lorenzo Cain won’t be playing this homestand as the team hopes to get him healthy before deciding to shut him down. Reinforcements to the bench plus pitching staff helped on the completed road trip and will get their first taste of the K if they hadn’t prior. This should be a winnable series as the A’s aren’t going anywhere fast but playing out the stretch.
Prediction – Royals take three of four
Way back in April, Oakland won two of three after dropping game one 4-2 they won 5-3 and 3-2. Soria did take a defeat during this series and former Royal Ryan Madson earned a pair of saves.
All-time the Oakland A’s franchise is 310-260 versus Kansas City, however here in Missouri their former home they trail 145-139.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast all four games from the 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.