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Game 11 Thread: Royals vs. Cubs

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Chicago, but the other one.

David DeJesus #9 of the Chicago Cubs can’t make a catch on a double by Ryan Hanigan #29 of the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning on August 14, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.
David DeJesus #9 of the Chicago Cubs can’t make a catch on a double by Ryan Hanigan #29 of the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning on August 14, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.
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I’m not going to complain about the Kansas City Royals’ MLB schedule. They have played all their games, and neither they nor their opponents have had a Covid-19 outbreak. With that being said, I can’t help but shake my head at this weird scheduling quirk: after playing a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals are playing the Chicago Cubs for two games but at Wrigley Field. Then, they come back to Kauffman to play another two games.

Anyway, scheduling oddities aside, the Cubs are an excellent MLB team and the Royals most definitely are not. We’ll see how the Royals do against a relatively uncommon NL opponent, of course. Kansas City will send out Danny Duffy to the mound tonight. Duffy has been excellent so far—until he’s not. Hopefully, he will be able to be excellent for his entire outing.

Royals lineup:

Cubs lineup:

You’ll also note a curious thing in the Royals and Cubs lineup cards: the letters “DH” even though the game is being played at Wrigley Field. Yes, the DH is in play for all games this year, even National League ones. While gloating may be uncouth, I will happily gloat over the demise of pitchers attempting and failing to hit the ball.

Glooooooooaaaat. Gloat gloat. Yay DH. Go Royals. GLoat.