Kansas City Royals: Luke Farrell to start for Royals on Saturday

Kansas City Royals mascot Slugger (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Royals are looking for answers in their starting rotation. They’ve made a big move for this weekend’s series against the Twins and have announced that Luke Farrell will be making his MLB debut on Saturday.

In a season where the Kansas City Royals have seen a significant amount of injuries to their pitching staff, the fans have gotten to see a lot of young guys get thrown to the wolves sooner than the Royals would prefer. The latest comes in the form of Luke Farrell, who will be pitching in his first MLB game on Saturday.

The Royals have two games on Saturday against the Twins and Farrell will take the ball in the first game. Farrell, the son of Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, has started 13 games in Triple-A Omaha this season and has posted an ERA of 3.83 and a 7-3 record with 77 strikeouts and a 1.190 WHIP.

Farrell has had a nice season for the Stormchasers and the Royals have decided to give him an opportunity to show his worth. Jake Junis has been sent to Omaha and Eric Skoglund has been recalled as well, showing that the Royals are trying whatever they can to keep the rotation effective.

With both Danny Duffy and Nate Karns on the disabled list, the Royals have had to get creative with their rotation. From Skoglund to Junis to Matt Strahm to now Luke Farrell, it’s been a learning experience for these young guys in the Kansas City Royals rotation.

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This weekend’s series against the Minnesota Twins will be the biggest series for the Royals in the 2017 season. The Twins have smoked the Royals so far this season, but it’s still tough to take Minnesota seriously because they were so bad a season ago. Hopefully the Royals can sweep them or at least take three out of four games because they’ve struggled in the division to this point.

The pitching match-ups for this four-game series against the Twins looks like this:

The Kansas City Royals need to win the first game of the series in order to take some stress off of Farrell in his Major League debut. I hope the kid comes out and throws a gem, but this will be yet another rookie pitcher getting to hit the mound for the first time, which could prove to be stressful for the fan base.

Fingers crossed that Luke Farrell pitches well!