|KANSAS CITY ( KENNEDY )|
TORONTO ( STROMAN )
|919||KANSAS CITY||+155||Ov 9,+100||+155||Ov 9,+100|
|920||TORONTO||-165||Un 9,-120||-165||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||57-56||+5.5||53-55||4.3||0.260||0.308||0.416||0.724||4.9||0.267||0.330||0.425||0.756|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.3||2-5||3.1||0.239||0.285||0.366||0.650||5.1||0.297||0.352||0.422||0.774|
|vs Right-handed Starters||56-58||-8.6||54-55||4.4||0.244||0.314||0.410||0.724||4.9||0.257||0.325||0.412||0.737|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||1-6||4.0||0.244||0.321||0.387||0.707||4.0||0.225||0.280||0.381||0.661|
|9/5/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||2-13||L||-115||9.5 un||O||5||7||0||15||6||1|
|9/6/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||13-2||W||-130||9 ov||O||18||7||1||10||11||0|
|9/11/2017||HAMMEL(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)||3-11||L||-170||9 ov||O||9||6||1||17||11||0|
|9/12/2017||GAVIGLIO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)||4-3||W||-185||10 ov||U||4||3||0||13||10||0|
|9/13/2017||SKOGLUND(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)||3-5||L||-145||10 ov||U||8||10||0||10||9||1|
|9/14/2017||JUNIS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)||2-3||L||175||9 ov||U||9||5||0||12||11||0|
|9/15/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||4-3||W||185||9 ov||U||11||9||0||6||7||1|
|9/16/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||4-8||L||215||8.5 un||O||9||5||1||13||6||0|
|9/17/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||2-3||L||220||7.5 un||U||7||8||2||3||5||1|
|9/19/2017||GAVIGLIO(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)|| |
|9/20/2017||JUNIS(R)||@ TORONTO||ANDERSON(L)|| |
|9/21/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)|| |
|9/22/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)|| |
|9/25/2017|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|9/26/2017|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|9/5/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)||2-3||L||180||9.5 ov||U||12||12||0||11||11||2|
|9/6/2017||BIAGINI(R)||@ BOSTON||FISTER(R)||1-6||L||165||9.5 un||U||4||7||2||9||8||1|
|9/14/2017||ANDERSON(L)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)||2-3||L||145||9.5 un||U||8||12||1||7||9||0|
|9/15/2017||HAPP(L)||@ MINNESOTA||COLON(R)||4-3||W||-115||9.5 ov||U||8||9||0||7||5||0|
|9/16/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||MEJIA(L)||7-2||W||115||9.5 ov||U||11||7||0||4||3||1|
|9/17/2017||BIAGINI(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||7-13||L||125||9 ev||O||6||5||2||16||8||0|
|9/19/2017||STROMAN(R)||KANSAS CITY||GAVIGLIO(R)|| |
|9/20/2017||ANDERSON(L)||KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)|| |
|9/21/2017||HAPP(L)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|9/22/2017||ESTRADA(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||BIAGINI(R)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)|| |
|9/24/2017||STROMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)|| |
|9/25/2017|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|9/26/2017|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|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.
|TORONTO: 2016: 89-73, second place
Manager: John Gibbons (10th season)
Who's new? 1B/DH Kendrys Morales, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, IF/OF Steve Pearce, IF Lourdes Gurriel, LHP J.P. Howell, RHP Joe Smith
Who's gone? 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion, OF Michael Saunders, C Josh Thole, C Dioner Navarro, OF Junior Lake, RHP R.A. Dickey, LHP Brett Cecil, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Projected lineup: 2B Devon Travis (.300, 11 HR, 50 RBI), 3B Josh Donaldson (.284, 37, 99), RF Jose Bautista (.234, 22, 69), DH Kendrys Morales (.263, 30, 93 with Royals), SS Troy Tulowitzki (.254, 24, 79), C Russell Martin (.231, 20, 74), 1B Justin Smoak (.217, 14, 34), CF Kevin Pillar (.266, 7, 53, 14 SB), LF Ezequiel Carrera (.248, 6, 23)
Rotation: RH Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48 ERA), LH J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.18), RH Marcus Stroman (9-10, 4.37), RH Aaron Sanchez (15-2, 3.00), LH Francisco Liriano (8-13, 4.69 with Pirates and Blue Jays)
Key relievers: RH Roberto Osuna (4-3, 2.68, 36/42 SV), RH Jason Grilli (6-4, 3.64), RH Joe Biagini (4-3, 3.06), LH J.P. Howell (1-1, 4.09 with Dodgers), RH Joe Smith (1-4, 3.82 with Angels), LH Aaron Loup (0-0, 5.02)
Hot spots: bullpen. The Blue Jays signed only a couple high-profile free agents (retaining Bautista, adding Morales) and brought in many lower-profile veterans mostly to compete for bullpen jobs. Howell and Smith, signed to low-risk deals, are all but guaranteed jobs. But what of Dominic Leone, Mat Latos, Mike Bolsinger, Lucas Harrell and Leonel Campos? Toronto seems to be crowd-sourcing its middle innings with low-risk, right-handed options. Up to a half-dozen pitchers could be competing for one or two jobs.
Outlook: The Blue Jays' roster is enviably balanced, albeit among the older ones in the league. Toronto led the AL in ERA last year. Their entire starting rotation returns, and their veteran bullpen is set up well to support second-year closer Osuna. Ironically, the youngest player in the Jays' starting lineup, 26-year-old Travis, has the biggest health concern of the bunch. He didn't appear in a spring training game until recently because of offseason knee surgery. Encarnacion, who was good for .270/30/100 every year, will be missed. The question now is whether Morales (33), Bautista (36), Tulowitzki (32) and Martin (34) are still close enough to their primes to power another playoff run.
|Royals visit Jays trying to keep playoff hopes alive|
TORONTO -- Only two years ago, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series on their way to winning the World Series.
This year, the Royals (73-76) are 4 1/2 games out of the second AL wild-card spot held by the Minnesota Twins with 13 games to play.
The Blue Jays (70-80) are even further out at eight games removed from the second wild card with 12 to play.
After a day off in the schedule Monday, the teams open a three-game series Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre.
The Blue Jays will start right-hander Marcus Stroman (11-8, 3.08 ERA), while the Royals will go with either right-hander Ian Kennedy (4-11, 5.45) or right-hander Sam Gaviglio (4-5, 4.35).
Kennedy was skipped in the rotation last week because of shoulder fatigue and tightness. If he is over that problem, he is expected to get the start.
"We've just got to see how Ian feels," Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday. "We've leaving it open at this point. He's getting better. But if not, we've got Sam."
Gaviglio has started twice for Kansas City -- going 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA -- after being claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. He is 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two career games (one start) against the Blue Jays.
Kennedy is 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two career starts against Toronto.
The Royals must win at least eight of their final 13 games to finish at .500 or better for a fifth season in a row. They have not done that since a run of six straight years from 1975-80.
Kansas City opened an 11-game trip by going 1-3 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
The day off should help the Royals, who have some key players carrying injuries.
Catcher Salvador Perez (intercostal strain) missed the last three games in Cleveland, including the 3-2 loss to the Indians on Sunday. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain (quadriceps) and third baseman Mike Moustakas (right knee) also were rested on Sunday with nagging ailments. Moustakas did strike out as a pinch hitter in the series finale.
All three are expected to be ready to play Tuesday.
Moustakas has 36 homers to match the franchise's single-season record set by Steve Balboni in 1985.
The Royals won two of three from the Blue Jays in Kansas City from June 23-25.
Stroman still has something to accomplish this season. His goal is to reach 200 innings. He is at 184 1/3 innings with three starts remaining. Stroman pitched 204 innings last season.
"That's a huge goal of mine," Stroman said Wednesday after allowing two unearned runs in six innings in a loss to the Baltimore Orioles. "I think that's part of being an ace, is being able to go out there, give your team 200-plus innings every year.
"It's getting harder and harder to do with all the analytics and statistics these days. So, trying to do everything I can to get there. That's something I pride myself on, I want to get to that number."
Stroman has shown grit and leadership qualities in his past two starts, going six innings each time, after taking a Mark Trumbo line drive off his right elbow that knocked him out of the game in the second inning at Baltimore on Sept. 2.
He was still feeling the effects of the line drive -- tightness in his forearm -- but was able to pitch well.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons noticed Stroman grimace after a pitch in the sixth inning Wednesday, but after taking a warmup pitch, the 26-year-old continued.
"Nothing I'm worried about, just felt a little tightness on one particular pitch, but I felt fine the pitch after," Stroman said.
Stroman has not faced the Royals this season and is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA against them in three career starts. During the 2015 ALCS, he allowed 11 hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings to earn the win over Kansas City in his only start of the series.
|Last Updated: 12/17/2017 1:43:43 PM EST|