The Kansas City Royals are hot, and I mean red hot!
They’ve rattled off 10 straight wins (something that hasn’t been done since the 94′ season for the Royals) and have crushed some great pitching along the way! Justin Verlander was rocked by the Royals, giving up 12 hits (a season high for him) and 7 earned runs in 6 innings pitched.
Then, they crushed the Tigers newest ace, Max Scherzer for 10 hits and 10 earned runs in just 4 innings! During the ten game winning streak, the Royals have four players batting better than .350: Billy Butler (.389), Salvador Perez (.385), Jarrod Dyson (.381) and Alcides Escobar (.378). (via ESPN stats and info)
The Royals have been dominating great starting pitching, which brings me to my next point, great starting pitching is still ahead.
While not trying to look ahead too much because the Royals still have a series with the Seattle Mariners, Dodgers ace(s), Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.59 ERA) and former Royal, Zack Greinke (9-3, 2.57 ERA) will get the first two starts of the series with the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Kershaw is hot himself, having just thrown a complete no hitter against the Colorado Rockies in an 8-0 victory on Wednesday night. He’s arguably the best pitcher in baseball right now and as the schedule lines up, Kershaw will get his next start in KC on Tuesday, June 24th.
Greinke on Monday, the 23rd.
Barring injury, weather, or some strange circumstance, Jeremy Guthrie (4-6, 3.86 ERA) will face Greinke on Monday while Danny Duffy (4-5, 2.83 ERA) will take the mound against Kershaw on Tuesday. Both of those match-ups should be good, with all four of the pitchers throwing well right now.
Guthrie struck out 9 with 1 earned run in 6.2 innings pitched in a 2-1 victory over Detroit on Wednesday afternoon while Duffy has won his last three games, only giving up 3 earned runs while dishing 9 strike outs over that span.
This series very well could be the best NL rotation vs. the best AL rotation, making for one of the better series in the MLB next week. It’s just too bad the Dodgers won’t get to see “Big Game” James Shields, or, Yordano “Ace” Ventrua.
SIDE NOTES: Kansas City has reached the ALCS in each of the previous three seasons when it won at least 10 straight (fingers crossed) and Tuesday, June 24th is T-shirt Tuesday at Kauffman. Look for it to be close to, if not fully, a sell out crowd.