Stunned and shocked by the idea of liquid coming from the sky, Friday's night series opener was washed out. We try again this afternoon with Cole De Vreis going for Minnesota and Will Smith for the Royals. De Vreis has been much better on the road (3.16 ERA) than at home (6.68 ERA), so the Royals may (or may not) have their work cut out for them in Game One.
After back to back outings in which he allowed just two runs in seven innings, Will Smith has been tagged for four runs in each of his last two starts, spanning a total of just 8.2 innings. Obviously, with just 39 strikeouts and 22 walks in 61 innings of work, Smith has much yet to prove.
Today's doubleheader may, at some point, contain the major league debut of long time Royals' farmhand David Lough. I am writing this early on Saturday morning, so no official announcement has yet been made, but with Jarrod Dyson unable to play the field for a period of time due to back issues it seems likely Lough will get the call. Lough has fallen well back in the world of prospects and had a fairly flat AAA season, but it is always kind of fun to see a guy get a shot - however inconsequential it might be over the long term.