Edinson Volquez tilts at the ever-increasing surplus of windmills that is the Kansas City Royals season.
If you haven't been paying attention lately, things have not been going well. Kansas City has won just six games in September. It took them until September 17th to make that happen. By comparison, here is how long it took them to reach six wins in every other month this season:
April 12th: 9-2 over Angels
May 12th: 7-6 over Rangers in extras
June 15th: 8-5 over Brewers
July 9th: 8-3 over Rays
August 10th: 4-0 over Tigers
Throw in the fact that Kansas City has had only one off-day in September, and the picture becomes more complete.
Toronto has closed the gap for best record down to a single game while expanding their AL East lead over the Yankees. However, the Royals can't be credited with the biggest September collapse, as that privilege goes to the Houston Astros, who have won only four games this month and have lost five in a row.
Volquez has been what you could have reasonably hoped for, going 13-8 with a 3.59 ERA through 180.1 innings so far.
Opposing him will be Matt Boyd, who is 1-5 with an ERA of 8.02. He does possess Blue kryptonite, however, in that he throws left-handed. Though it should be said that he has had decidedly mixed results against the Royals, going seven innings and giving up one run in his first start against Kansas City, while giving up six runs in a single inning his next time out.
No Billowing Wind Lineup: Gordon 7, Zobrist 4, Cain 8, Hosmer 3, Morales DH, Moustakas 5, Gomes 9, Perez 2, Colon 6, Volquez 1.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) September 19, 2015
#Tigers 9/19 Lineup 1.A Gose 2.I Kinsler 3.M Cabrera 4.J Martinez 5.V Martinez 6.N Castellanos 7.T Collins 8.A Avila 9.D Machado— Daily MLB Lineups (@DailyMLBLineup) September 19, 2015