Last night’s game was rained out, so you get double the Saturday baseball! Or you would, but MLB has kept one of the rule changes from 2020’s pandemic-shortened season; doubleheaders are played as seven-inning regulation games. Personally, I’m fine with this. It makes doubleheader day seem like a bit less of a slog and prevents the bullpen from being completely demolished.
Mike Minor, who was originally slated to start last night’s game will get the afternoon contest. Ervin Santana, who was recently added to the roster, will get the nightcap. Singer was originally scheduled to start today’s contest. I have not been able to find any information on why Santana is getting the start instead.
Richard Lovelady will be the team’s 27th man for both games. The Royals are trotting out their standard lineup for LHPs in the day game, I will try to remember to update with the night game lineup once it is announced. Remember, this is a split doubleheader. The second game won’t start until 5:10 CDT regardless of how early the first one ends. I imagine they’d push it back if the early game goes into extra innings, though.
Oh, and just in case you hadn’t heard, the Royals traded Nick Heath after designating him for assignment to the Arizona Diamondbacks. They got a hard-throwing, right-handed reliever named Eduardo Herrera for him.
Game 1 Lineups
Here's how we'll take the field in Game 1 of our doubleheader.#TogetherRoyal pic.twitter.com/N5Pq3D2cex— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) April 17, 2021
Let's play TWO! #WeAreBlueJays pic.twitter.com/euGlRLcC5v— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 17, 2021
Game 2 Lineups
Time to start a new streak, here's how we'll line up in Game 2.#TogetherRoyal pic.twitter.com/corwoDSIf4— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) April 17, 2021
Shall we make it 2-0 tonight? #WeAreBlueJays pic.twitter.com/nDIBSKhg2w— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 17, 2021