There’s no way around how important this homestand is for our KC Royals. After playing an Oakland team that had nothing to play for and averaging two runs a game, a four game sweep put a humongous dent in KC’s playoff hopes.
While Joakim Soria can be blamed for one defeat during the Oakland series, he didn’t get the chance the last two nights as the starting pitching, offense and everything else struggled.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Friday, 7:15 pm – Chris Sale/LHP (15-8, 3.03) v. Ian Kennedy/RHP (11-9, 3.62)
Saturday, 6:15 pm – Miguel Gonzalez/RHP (4-6, 3.82) v. Dillon Gee/RHP (6-8, 4.80)
Sunday, 1:15 pm – Jose Quintana/LHP (12-10, 3.05) v. Danny Duffy/LHP (11-2, 3.15)
Monday, 1:15 pm – Carlos Rodon/LHP (7-9, 4.04) v. Yordano Ventura/RHP (10-11, 4.42)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Outside of Gee, it’s not a bad quartet of pitchers that Kansas City will be throwing this weekend. Chicago will be throwing four tough pitchers who’ve given our guys troubles at different times this season. Friday’s match-up is a rematch of last Sunday where Kennedy outdueled Sale in a well pitched game.
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Series Outlook – These games are now the most important of 2016, the team likely is done but any chances of turning it around KC will needed to get going now. The White Sox pesky offense of Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier can give fits at anytime.
Who’s going to step up and help Kansas City get back on the winning path? Their record without Lorenzo Cain is staggering but recently bullpen struggles and lack of offense is what hurts.
Prediction – White Sox take three of four
After this past weekend, the World Champions moved to 11-4 against the Pale Hoes and extended their recent success as they’ve won the season series for another season.
All-time Chicago is 374-360 against Kansas City, the Royals are 193-166 against the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium.
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.
Series Resulta/Schedule v. White Sox (KC 11-4)
May 20-22/US Cellular Field: W 4-1, W 2-1, L 3-2
May 27-29/Kauffman Stadium: W 7-5, W 8-7, W 5-4
June 10-12/US Cellular Field: L 7-5, W 4-1, W 3-1
August 9-11/Kauffman Stadium: L 7-5 (F/10), W 3-2 (F/14), W 2-1
September 9-11/US Cellular Field: L 7-2, W 6-5, W 2-0
Setepmber 16-19/Kauffman Stadium: