This season started with a banner being raised for the first time since 1985 for our KC Royals. They’ll end this weekend with nothing to play for except finishing strong and spoiling Cleveland’s bid for homefield advantage.
It’ll likely also be an opportunity to see some players who might help in 2017 or an opportunity for guys to finish out this season strong.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Friday, 7:15 pm – Ryan Merritt/LHP (0-0, 1.50) v. Yordano Ventura/RHP (11-11, 4.40
Saturday, 3:15 pm – Trevor Bauer/RHP (12-8, 4.26) v. Edinson Volquez/RHP (10-11, 3.69)
Sunday, 2:15 pm – Josh Tomlin/RHP (12-9, 4.48) v. Ian Kennedy/RHP (11-10, 3.69)
Comments on Pitching Match-Ups – Cleveland continues to suffer injuries to their rotation as Corey Kluber won’t be making a start this weekend. Royals fans will get one more look this season at Ventura/Volquez/Kennedy who’ve each had differing results this season. Perhaps it’ll be a good jumping off point for each if they have solid starts this weekend.
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Series Outlook – Tribe fans have enjoyed the success their team has had against Detroit and Kansas City en route to winning another AL Central crown. As mentioned earlier it’ll be a chance to deny the Indians a chance at homefield advantage which they’re fighting with Texas to claim. Individual achievements are still out there for some players, but the team is reduced to playing spoiler.
Prediction – Indians take two of three
Cleveland has won five straight against the defending World Champions going back to their July series here in Kansas City. The Indians are 11-5 this season and, outside four straight won by KC, they’ve really owned this match-up.
All-time the Tribe are 343-321 against the Royals. Our boys in blue are 172-155 in the city of fountains, and are 160-143 at the K.
FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast all three games from 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. Indians (CLE 11-5)
May 6-8/Progressive Field: L 7-1, W 7-0, L 5-4
June 2-5/Progressive Field: L 5-4, L 6-1, L 7-1, L 7-0
June 13-15/Kauffman Stadium: W 2-1, W 3-2, W 9-4
July 18-20/Kauffman Stadium: W 7-3, L 7-3, L 11-4
September 20-22/Progressive Field: L 2-1, L 4-3, L 5-2
September 30-October 2/Kauffman Stadium: