KC Royals Begin Final Home Stand
By Mike Vamosi
The end is near for our defending World Series champion KC Royals who begin their second to last series. While they’ve had little margin of error the past month, they’re not in control as other teams can eliminate them as soon as Tuesday night regardless of the outcome.
Minnesota has struggled against Kansas City, which continued a trend from a few weeks ago back up in Minneapolis.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Tuesday, 6:15 pm – Jose Berrios/RHP (2-7, 8.88) v. Ian Kennedy/RHP (11-10, 3.64)
Wednesday, 6:15 pm – Ervin Santana/RHP (7-11, 3.37) v. Jason Vargas/LHP (0-0, 3.86)
Thursday, 6:15 pm – Kyle Gibson/RHP (6-11, 5.04) v. Danny Duffy/LHP (12-3, 3.43)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Kansas City will run out two left handed pitchers, whereas Minnesota will throw guys who’ve suffered many defeats. Kennedy has been up in down his first season; but, I’d say he’s yielded positive results outside W/L record. Vargas continues to work back from Tommy John surgery. What does Duffy do in his final start of 2016, which has been a breakthrough?
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Series Outlook – The Royals have beaten the Twins like a pinata this season and expect it to continue. Will Ned Yost continue to try and get a look at youngsters like Hunter Dozier and Raul Mondesi this final week to see what they’ve got for the future? Paul Molitor will likely be using a ton of September call-ups also, so Google Baseball Prospectus! Cooling off Brian Dozier would be ideal, as would Kendrys Morales getting closer to Steve Balboni‘s home run record.
Prediction – Royals sweep
KC has won 13 of 16 match-ups, which includes taking two of three just a few weeks ago at Target Field.
All-time, the Twins still have a sizable advantage between these two teams leading 382-360. Here in Missouri, the World Champions are 192-181 against Minnesota and 173-164 here at the K.
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.
2016 Season Series – Schedule/Results: (KC 13-3)
April 8-10, Kauffman Stadium: W 4-3, W 7-0, W 4-3
May 23-25, Target Field: W 10-4, W 7-4, L 7-5
August 12-14, Target Field: W 7-3, L 5-3, W 11-4
August 18-21, Kauffman Stadium: W 8-1, W 5-4, W 10-0, W 2-1
September 5-7, Target Field: W 11-5, W 10-3, L 6-5
September 27-29, Kauffman Stadium
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