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Royals pitching matchups the rest of the season

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This season depends on these seventeen games.

Rich Schultz

The Royals technically stand 80-64, with a one-game lead on the Detroit Tigers, but I think we have all mentally banked that Cleveland game on August 31 that was suspended in the tenth inning due to rain as a loss. That would put the Royals 80-65 with 17 games to play. Detroit is 80-66 with 16 games to play. All we have to do is finish with one more win than them.

Let's take a look at the tentative pitching matchups the remainder of the season. These are of course subject to change due to weather, injuries, ineffectiveness, and the mystery surrounding Danny Duffy.

And here they come down the stretch! All pitchers are listed with their ERA first, then FIP.

September 11-14 vs. Boston Red Sox

RHP Liam Hendriks (4.81, 4.15) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (5.29, 4.05)

RHP Yordano Ventura (3.25, 3.69) vs. RHP Allen Webster (6.47, 4.71)

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (4.54, 4.40) vs. RHP Rubby de la Rosa (4.01, 4.29)

LHP Jason Vargas (3.25, 3.76) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (4.14, 4.53)

September 15-17 vs. Chicago White Sox

RHP James Shields (3.13, 3.61) vs. LHP John Danks (5.05, 4.86)

LHP Danny Duffy? (2.42, 3.68) vs. RHP Chris Bassitt (4.73, 3.50)

RHP Yordano Ventura (3.25, 3.69) vs. LHP Chris Sale (2.09, 2.50)

September 19-21 vs. Detroit Tigers

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (4.54, 4.40) vs. LHP Kyle Lobstein (2.78, 3.61)

LHP Jason Vargas (3.25, 3.76) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (4.82, 3.91)

RHP James Shields (3.13, 3.61) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (3.19, 2.84)

September 22-24 at Cleveland Indians

LHP Danny Duffy? (2.42, 3.68) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (2.69, 2.59)

RHP Yordano Ventura (3.25, 3.69) vs. RHP Danny Salazar (4.19, 3.81)

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (4.54, 4.40) vs. RHP Trevor Bauer (4.12, 3.83)

September 25-28 at Chicago White Sox

LHP Jason Vargas (3.25, 3.76) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (3.38, 2.88)

RHP James Shields (3.13, 3.61)  vs. RHP Scott Carroll (4.92, 4.81)

LHP Danny Duffy? (2.42, 3.68) vs. RHP Hector Noesi (4.28, 4.77)

RHP Yordano Ventura (3.25, 3.69) vs. LHP John Danks (5.05, 4.86)

Looks like 17-0 to me!

EDIT: Updated to reflect Chicago's six-man rotation