We're in zombie time of the season! The dog days of summer, as it were. The Kansas City Royals are not yet out of contention, giving the appearance of hope, but for all intents and purposes they are already gone. They are 10 games behind the Cleveland Indians with two months to go and, well, have you been watching the Royals lately?
Tonight's day game after a night game usually spells some manner of doom as well. The Royals send Ian Kennedy to the mound, who has not been good. In less depressing news, Billy Burns makes his Royals debut this morning.
Ian Kennedy starts for the #Royals in today’s matinee finale vs. the Rays: https://t.co/u2toR2B162 #ForeverRoyal pic.twitter.com/oGltpaDvdG— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) August 4, 2016
The Tampa Bay Rays send Drew Smyly to the mound.
Coming off back-to-back quality starts and a W vs. NYY, @SmylyD takes the ball for the finale vs. @Royals. #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/EkZGv6ODv4— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 4, 2016
Because I've been so down in this pregame, here's a picture of a kitten. It'll be ok.