The Detroit Tigers are coming to town this week, as the Royals have a chance to overtake first place in the Central. It’s the first matchup between the two, and could end up being a pivotal early series to start the month of May. The Royals are coming off a series win in Cleveland, so hopefully they can bring some momentum into the series.
The Royals won’t have Edinson Volquez, who chose to forgo an appeal to serve his five game suspension. Volquez would have started on Friday, but it will be Chris Young replacing him. We’ve only seen small outings from Young this year, but he’s fared decently well, with a 1-0 record and 1.86 ERA.
Alright, enough chatter, let’s break down the series.
Almost a month into the regular season, and the Royals are 12-6, a half game behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. Of course, they could be at least tied for first had they not s**t the bed this weekend in Chicago for a rainy, brawl-filled series. They travel to Cleveland to begin a three game series tomorrow before returning to Kauffman to take on the Tigers for the first time this year on Thursday.
It was more suspensions for the Royals this week, as Yordano Ventura got 7, Edinson Volquez got 5, and Kelvin Herrera and Lorenzo Cain each got 2. Herrera’s 2 games are on top of the five that he was suspended for throwing at Athletics’ Brett Lawrie last week. That will mean a missed start for both Ventura and Volquez, and 2 nights of lost offensive production. Of course, all players will be appealing their suspensions, so there is hope that maybe Cain can get his reduced to just a fine.