Game Six Open Thread - Royals vs Rays

Gregory Shamus

Round Two of the Jason Vargas Experience

Loading Scores

The Kansas City Royals kick off a three-game series tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays. Let's hope we manage to avoid a snowout this year.

Jason Vargas and Matt Moore will face off in the first game of the series. Vargas had a strong performance for Kansas City in his first start of the season, allowing one run on five hits over seven innings. The southpaw surrendered a solo homer to Ian Kinsler, but only issued one walk and struck out six against a solid Tigers lineup.

Moore tossed 5 2/3 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays in his season debut, allowing two runs on six hits. The lefty struck out four but issued three walks, and has an 11% BB% for his career. Let's hope the Royals offense can remain patient tonight and rack up his pitch count, which should put runners on and cause Moore to exit the game early.

Ned Yost is going back to his Opening Day lineup against Moore, putting Danny Valencia and Justin Maxwell back on the bench. Josh Vernier of 610 KCSP tweeted out a picture of the lineup:

If the Royals offense does not collect a HR tonight, they will be the first team to not hit a HR in their first six games since the 1993 Marlins.

Kansas City fans will not see former Royals outfielder David DeJesus in the starting lineup, but they will see Wil Myers in a Rays uniform hitting second. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times brings us the Rays batting order:

I will be attending the game in person, so the recap will be a bit delayed. I'm sure I will have valuable insight from the upper deck that you definitely can't gain from watching on FSKC.

Song of the Day: Volbeat ft. Sarah Blackwood - Lonesome Rider

I have discovered that I enjoy almost any rock song that has male and female vocals that blend well, irregardless of the rest of the band. There's nothing terribly special about this Volbeat song other than it features Sarah Blackwood of Dubstar fame, but its quickly become one of my favorite tracks by the band I've heard described as "Rockabilly Metallica."

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