Hey folks, currently writing this on my way to South Dakota. I think. Secret family vacations make for great road trips.
Anyway, I’m going to attempt my first series preview. This could either be really good, or really good. There will be no in between. So here goes nothing.
OVERALL: Okay, we know the Royals aren’t the greatest team this year, but the Sox are even worse. In a division full of crappy teams, the Royals are the best. The Sox might be the worst. The Royals bats are hot as of late, and hopefully it can carry over to tonight’s game. They’ve gotten through the string of 14 games in stellar fashion, and now have a chance to make up some ground in the division race. They could be in first place by the end of the week. We’ll see though.
GAME 1: Guthrie v. Quintana
This is a pretty even pitching match, as both have similar records and ERA’s. On paper it would seem that Quintana has the edge, as his ERA is significantly lower than Guthrie’s. We have to keep in mind though the fact that Guthrie has little to no run support in all of the games he has pitched. Despite the Royals surge of offense, he seems to pitch on their off nights when it comes to offensive production. In his six losses, the Royals have scored a total of 8 runs. With the Royals having hot bats lately, I expect them to finally give Guthrie the run production he needs in order to win. Give this game to the Royals, 3-1.
GAME 2: Duffy v. Noesi
I’ll be honest, I don’t anything about Noesi. Never heard of him before, and I always don’t know how the Royals have fared against him. What a great analyst I am, right? Anyway, this game could be a total toss up. It looks like Duffy is finally starting to come around, and when he gets in a groove early in a game, he stays that way. We last saw him dominate against the Cards in a 6-0 win last week. He was a little shaky against the Yanks in last Saturday’s 8-4 win, but he did just enough to keep the team in it. I expect Duffy to come out guns a blazin’ in this game, and the Royals to keep the bats going. Another win for the Royals, 5-2.
GAME 3: Shields v. Rienzo
Again, who is this Rienzo guy? It doesn’t really matter, because Shields is on the mound. 7-3 on the season with a 3.44 ERA, the guy has been rock solid for this team. I think fans are starting to realize that the Wil Myers trade is starting to payoff, as Shields is the ace in this starting rotation. Not to mention, Rienzo has a 5.25 ERA. That won’t bode well with Royals offense, especially if they continue this offense spurt that they are on. My prediction? Shields is on fire, throws a ton of strikes, and the Royals hit two home runs. Surely one of those will be wrong. I’ll let you decide which one will be wrong. Give me the Royals in this game, 6-2.
SUMMARY: The Royals march into U.S. Cellular Field, sweep the Sox, and start chasing after the Tigers for first place. Lions are better than Tigers, anyway.