|919||KANSAS CITY||-105||Ov 9,-110||+110||Ov 9,+115|
|920||MINNESOTA||-105||Un 9,-110||-120||Un 9,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-7||-1.1||4-8||2.8||0.224||0.272||0.310||0.583||4.3||0.247||0.311||0.387||0.699|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||2-5||4.6||0.285||0.335||0.435||0.770||5.1||0.289||0.352||0.449||0.802|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-12||+2||12-12||4.4||0.245||0.328||0.405||0.732||4.4||0.247||0.313||0.396||0.709|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.3||2-5||2.6||0.230||0.310||0.367||0.677||3.4||0.214||0.271||0.332||0.603|
|5/8/2017||KARNS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||7-3||W||135||7.5 ev||O||13||7||0||9||9||4|
|5/9/2017||YOUNG(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ANDRIESE(R)||7-6||W||150||8 ev||O||12||9||0||12||10||1|
|5/10/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||1-12||L||175||7.5 ov||O||8||7||1||16||7||0|
|5/11/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||6-0||W||110||7.5 un||U||8||5||0||4||2||1|
|5/16/2017||HAMMEL(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||1-7||L||+105||9.5 ov||U||8||9||0||13||9||0|
|5/17/2017||VARGAS(L)||NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)||7-11||L||+120||9 un||O||11||6||0||16||8||2|
|5/18/2017||DUFFY(L)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||5-1||W||+105||8.5 ov||U||5||2||2||7||8||0|
|5/19/2017||KARNS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SANTIAGO(L)||3-4||L||-110||8 ov||U||11||8||0||10||10||1|
|5/20/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WILK(L)|| |
|5/21/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/22/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)|| |
|5/23/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)|| |
|5/24/2017||KARNS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)|| |
|5/25/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|5/26/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)|| |
|5/27/2017|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|5/9/2017||SANTIAGO(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PELFREY(R)||7-2||W||-105||9 un||P||12||7||0||4||6||2|
|5/11/2017||HUGHES(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)||7-6||W||110||8.5 ov||O||6||4||1||8||6||1|
|5/12/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)||1-0||W||135||8.5 un||U||6||4||0||3||8||0|
|5/13/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)||4-1||W||145||9 ev||U||5||4||0||3||4||1|
|5/14/2017||SANTIAGO(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||3-8||L||155||9 ev||O||9||6||0||13||8||1|
|5/19/2017||SANTIAGO(L)||KANSAS CITY||KARNS(R)||4-3||W||+100||8 ov||U||10||10||1||11||8||0|
|5/20/2017||WILK(L)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|5/21/2017||HUGHES(R)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|5/22/2017||WILK(L)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|5/23/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)|| |
|5/24/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|5/26/2017||SANTIAGO(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|5/27/2017|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: 2016: 81-81, third place.
Manager: Ned Yost (eighth season).
He's Here: OF Jorge Soler, RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Nathan Karns, DH Brandon Moss, LHP Travis Wood.
He's Outta Here: RHP Wade Davis, DH Kendrys Morales, OF Jarrod Dyson, RHP Luke Hochevar, RHP Edinson Volquez.
Projected lineup: SS Alcides Escobar (.261, 7 HRs, 55 RBIs), LF Alex Gordon (.220, 17, 40), CF Lorenzo Cain (.287, 9, 56), 1B Eric Hosmer (.266, 25, 104), DH Brandon Moss (.255, 28, 67), RF Jorge Soler (.238, 12, 31 with Cubs; likely to start season on DL with strained oblique), 3B Mike Moustakas (.240, 7, 13), C Salvador Perez (.247, 22, 64), Raul Mondesi (.185, 2, 13).
Rotation: LH Danny Duffy (12-3, 3.51 ERA, 188 Ks), RH Ian Kennedy (11-11, 3.68, 184 Ks), RH Jason Hammel (11-11, 3.83 with Cubs), LH Jason Vargas (0-0, 2.25 in 3 starts after returning from Tommy John surgery), RH Nathan Karns (6-2, 5.15 with Mariners).
Key relievers: RH Kelvin Herrera (2-6, 2.75, 12 saves), RH Joakim Soria (5-8, 4.05), LH Matt Strahm (2-2, 1.23), LH Travis Wood (4-0, 2.95), LH Scott Alexander (0-0, 3.32), RH Chris Young (3-9, 6.19).
Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. Duffy showed signs of blossoming into an ace late last year, but is yet to put it all together for a full season. Hammel was signed after the tragic death of RHP Yordano Ventura in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Vargas barely pitched last season after coming back from elbow surgery. Karns has intriguing potential, but might end up in the bullpen unless he lives up to it quickly.
Outlook: Royals GM Dayton Moore thinks his starting rotation is the best it has been during his tenure, even if just about every spot is tenuous. He also thinks Kansas City has more power at the plate this year thanks to Moustakas' return from a torn ACL and the signing of Moss. Paulo Orlando (.302, 5, 43, 14 SBs) will replace Soler in right field at the start of the season. But there are plenty of question marks up and down the lineup, not to mention on the pitching staff, and several things must break right for Kansas City to make noise in the AL Central and take a run at its third World Series appearance in four years.
|MINNESOTA: 2016: 59-103, fifth place.
Manager: Paul Molitor (third season).
He's Here: C Jason Castro, RHP Matt Belisle, SS Ehire Adrianza, LHP Craig Breslow.
He's Outta Here: 3B Trevor Plouffe, C Kurt Suzuki, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Pat Light.
Projected lineup: 2B Brian Dozier (.268, 42, 99, 18/20 SBs), RF Max Kepler (.235, 17, 63), CF Byron Buxton (.225, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs, 118 Ks in 298 ABs), 1B Joe Mauer (.261, 11, 49), 3B Miguel Sano (.236, 25, 66, 178 Ks in 437 ABs), DH Kennys Vargas (.230, 10, 20 in 152 ABs), LF Eddie Rosario (.269, 10, 32), C Jason Castro (.210, 11, 32 with Houston), SS Jorge Polanco (.282, 4, 27 in 245 ABs).
Rotation: RH Ervin Santana (7-11, 3.38 ERA, 149 Ks), RH Phil Hughes (1-7, 5.95, 11 HRs, 11 starts), LH Hector Santiago (3-6, 5.58, 13 HRs, 11 starts after trade with Angels), RH Kyle Gibson (6-11, 5.07, 1.561 WHIP), LH Adalberto Mejia (rookie).
Key relievers: RH Brandon Kintzler (0-2, 3.15, 17/20 saves), RH Matt Belisle (0-0, 1.76 in 40 games for Nationals), RH Ryan Pressly (6-7, 3.70, 1 save in 72 games), LH Taylor Rogers (3-1, 3.96, 64 Ks in 57 games), LH Craig Breslow (0-2, 4.50 in 15 games for Marlins).
Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. The resuscitation of a team with the worst record in the majors last season must begin with starting pitching that ranked 30th out of 30 in wins (37), ERA (5.39) and strikeouts (655). Hughes, Santiago, Gibson and Berrios will all be counted on to make 2016 the aberration and not the standard. Adding Castro, who has a strong reputation for game calling and pitch framing, probably can't hurt. There's enough depth in the group at least to give the Twins a chance to return to respectability as new baseball chief Derek Falvey continues to try to revamp organizational philosophy and process for the long term. The bullpen appears more vulnerable than the rotation, despite being bolstered by the addition of the veteran Belisle. Three-time All-Star closer Glen Perkins is still working his way back from surgery last year to repair a torn labrum and will likely land on the disabled list to start the season. Kintzler fared well in his place, but doesn't have a track record.
Outlook: The Twins ranked a respectable sixth in the American League in total bases and eighth in OPS despite their abysmal record last year. Buxton's sparkling September, following a second straight frustrating summer, restored his and the club's confidence in the 2012 second overall draft pick. Dozier probably hit his power ceiling in 2016, but if Buxton and Sano can strike out less and get on base more there's the potential in place for a productive offense. Vargas hit his way back into contention for the DH spot with a decent finish to 2016, but the pressure is on him to prove he's worth a spot in the lineup with a strong performance this spring by Park, who struggled badly to adjust to major league pitching in his arrival from South Korea last year.
|Twins, Royals prepare for potential rainout on Saturday|
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rainouts have already wreaked havoc on Paul Molitor's rotation through the first 38 games of the season. Now the Minnesota Twins manager might have to adapt after yet another postponement.
Saturday's forecast calls for rain all day, and neither Molitor nor Royals manager Ned Yost seemed overly optimistic that the game will take place. Kansas City comes back to Minnesota in September, so that would be one option for a potential makeup game.
Molitor, however, would prefer yet another doubleheader on Sunday, just three days after getting a split against the Colorado Rockies.
"We'll just have to wait and see," Molitor said. "I'm hoping, because then you've got to face the decision of either bounce back Sunday or put another one out there in the summer sometime, which we already have three of them lined up."
Left-hander Adalberto Mejia is scheduled to pitch for the Twins (21-17), although he's not yet on the 25-man roster. Mejia would have to be officially called up from Triple-A Rochester before the game, but he could also be an option for a possible doubleheader on Sunday. In that case, Mejia could be the 26th man that teams are granted for occasions like this.
Mejia (0-1, 5.79 ERA) has made just six big league starts so far in his career but already has faced the Royals once in his short time with the Twins. In fact, it was his major league debut on Aug. 20. Mejia entered the game in relief and allowed two runs in 2 1/3 innings in the Twins' 10-0 loss.
Kansas City (17-24) will counter with Ian Kennedy (0-3, 3.03 ERA), who has been on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring strain. Kennedy last pitched May 4 before he was sidelined with the injury. Yost said all signs pointed to the Royals activating Kennedy from the DL before Saturday's outing.
"He's good to go," Yost said. "We'll wait. The weather doesn't look good (Saturday). If we do get a break and get to play, he'll pitch."
If Saturday's game gets rained out, Kennedy would pitch Sunday, Yost added.
Kennedy has faced the Twins nine times in his 11-year career. He's 4-2 with a 3.74 ERA in those nine starts, including two this season.
The Royals are 0-2 this year against the Twins in games that Kennedy has started. That included a 9-1 loss in the second game of the year in which Kennedy allowed three runs in five innings. Kansas City also lost 6-4 to Minnesota on April 28 in a game that Kennedy earned a no-decision after giving up two runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Kansas City remains in last place in the American League Central after Friday's 4-3 10-inning loss to the Twins, who are in first place in the division. The Twins improved 6-0 against the Royals this year after pinch hitter Kennys Vargas slugged a game-tying two-run home run in the ninth off Kelvin Herrera and Joe Mauer scored on Jorge Polanco's sacrifice fly in the 10th.
"It's a pretty big series," Yost said.
|Last Updated: 7/24/2017 1:37:14 PM EST|