Game 54 Open Thread - Royals vs. Rangers

USA TODAY Sports

Yu Darvish vs. Ervin Santana

Loading Scores

The Kansas City Royals have a chance to pick up a road series win against the Texas Rangers on Sunday. While I doubt one win today makes a difference in the long-run, it would probably help restore some confidence in the players and fans that they can compete with one of the best teams in baseball.

The Royals will have to beat one of the best pitchers in baseball to earn the victory, as Yu Darvish will start for the Rangers. Darvish has been filthy this season, posing a 3.03 ERA while striking out 36% of batters faced. His K% is the best in baseball among all qualified starters. The only blemish about Darvish this season is he has been a little homer happy, but I can't imagine Kansas City hitters can exploit that.

Ervin Santana will counter Darvish for the Royals, and will probably need to pitch one of his best games of the season to keep this one close. Santana has a 3.33 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 11 walks in 70 1/3 innings. Santana owns the third lowest walk percentage in the AL, which has fueled most of his success. The starter has battled home run issues of late, with a HR/FB% of 16.7%, and pitching in Rangers Ballpark at Arlington isn't going to help.

Jeff Francoeur is in the lineup against Darvish, as David Lough is unable to play because of a bruised wrist suffered in yesterday's victory. There's a very good chance that the Darvish vs. Francoeur at bats end up as a .gif, as Frenchy will likely make a fool of himself.

Royals beat writer Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star brings us the full lineup:

Switch Cain with Escobar and Moustakas with Kottarras, and you've almost got a lineup that makes sense, given the players currently available.

Adrian Beltre has a minor left hamstring strain, so he will be out of the lineup today. Mike Peasley of ESPN Dallas brings us the Rangers starting lineup:

Elvis Andrus was not supposed to play today, but apparently he talked his way into the starting lineup and leadoff spot.

Song of the Day: Eluveitie - A Rose for Epona

A metal band with a full-time viola, flute and hurdy gurdy. Their sound is very unique, and quite awesome.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker