Tonight, the Royals will make their first of three trips to Cleveland this season to take on the reigning AL champion Cleveland Indians.
In case you forgot, the Royals were super, super terrible in Cleveland last year. They were 1-9 at Progressive Field, including an eight-game losing streak to end the year.
It'll be Ian Kennedy trying to reverse the fortune of the Royals in that building. He is 0-4 on the year, but he's been provided with just 14 runs of support in his seven starts. He'll be opposed by Cy Mike Clevinger, who is terrible, but threw 5.2 innings of one-hit ball at Kauffman Stadium back on May 7. Clevinger's numbers so far this year are good (2-1, 1.56 ERA in 17 innings), but his career ERA is 4.35. The Royals need to be able to score runs off this guy.
I'm going to be super petty, just because I can. I hate trips to Cleveland. The Indians are bland and boring. Progressive Field is boring. Even if it was interesting, it wouldn't matter because fans never show up. The games are never that interesting. The Royals always lose there. And most of all, I hate that god damn drum.
Here's to hoping the Royals do something this series that make us actually enjoy watching a Kansas City/Cleveland matchup in Progressive Field.