The four-game series between the division opponents concludes today at Guaranteed Rate Field. After Friday’s double header split and last night’s Royals victory, Kansas City has a chance to win the series against one of baseball’s hottest teams.
Brady Singer will get the ball today for the Royals and he really has something to prove today. After his last start that he was taken out in the fourth inning, Singer needs to improve on his ability to handle adversity. We all remember his ejection against the Indians because (in his mind) Angel Hernandez made bad calls all night. But since it is a candidate for video of the year, let’s all watch it again shall we?
So, today will be another test for the former-first round pick as he faces a tough White Sox lineup. Singer has faced every division opponent this year except for the team from the South Side. Singer is 1-3 with a 4.18 ERA on the year, in part to a 7.00 ERA in two starts in May.
We saw last Sunday, manager Mike Matheny use multiple bullpen arms due to the off day the following day. So, with an off day tomorrow as well for the Royals before Lorenzo Cain and the Milwaukee Brewers come to town. Do not be surprised if Matheny goes back to that empty the bullpen type strategy to close out this series.
On the other side, Tony La Russa will give Dylan Cease the nod to close out this four game series. The right-hander has a 2.80 ERA in 7 starts this year. He got the no decision back in April when he went 4.2 innings allowing one run against the Royals.
Royals hitters are still looking for that clutch hitting with runners on base. Last night the Royals left another 8 runners on base. Including a big double play last night where Salvador Perez hit into a 5-4-3 double play with runners on the corners and one out. In May, they are only behind the Rangers (17) and the Reds (16) with most grounded into double plays (15).
This has been a division opponent stretch that every KC fan would love to forget, but the Royals can end it on a high note before facing the Brewers. Game at 1:10 CDT at Guaranteed Rate Field.