|KANSAS CITY ( JUNIS )|
TORONTO ( ANDERSON )
|971||KANSAS CITY||+115||Ov 9.5,+100||+105||Ov 9.5,+105|
|972||TORONTO||-125||Un 9.5,-120||-115||Un 9.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-20||-2.2||18-18||4.6||0.258||0.308||0.400||0.708||4.8||0.262||0.320||0.421||0.741|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.6||1-6||3.0||0.233||0.285||0.353||0.639||4.3||0.277||0.328||0.396||0.724|
|vs Right-handed Starters||57-58||-7.6||54-56||4.4||0.245||0.314||0.410||0.724||4.8||0.256||0.324||0.412||0.736|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||1-6||4.1||0.245||0.317||0.388||0.705||3.9||0.227||0.286||0.386||0.672|
|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||KENNEDY(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||2-5||L||165||9 un||U||6||4||1||8||2||0|
|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||GAVIGLIO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|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||KENNEDY(R)||5-2||W||-175||9 un||U||8||2||0||6||4||1|
|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||TANAKA(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||BIAGINI(R)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)|| |
|9/24/2017||STROMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||ANDERSON(L)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)|| |
|9/26/2017||HAPP(L)||@ BOSTON||SALE(L)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||@ 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, Blue Jays may make more history|
TORONTO -- The Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays do not figure to be providing any thrills for their fans in October.
That does not mean that they cannot provide a little history in September.
They did just that Tuesday night in the Blue Jays' 5-2 victory.
When Royals left fielder Alex Gordon hit his eighth homer of the season in the eighth inning Tuesday against reliever Ryan Tepera, it was the 5,694th home run hit in the majors in 2017, surpassing the previous record set for a season in 2000.
"A pretty cool thing to be a part of," Gordon said. "I didn't hit many this year, but I guess I made one count. It's good to be in the Hall of Fame, I guess. ... .I'm going to give (the ball) to Cooperstown. I figured they'd probably have much more reason to have it than I do."
There could be more history from both teams as the three-game series continues Wednesday with the second game at the Rogers Centre.
The Royals will start right-hander Jakob Junis (7-2, 4.15 ERA) against Toronto left-hander Brett Anderson (3-3, 5.73 ERA overall).
Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista struck out twice Tuesday and is one whiff away from setting a single-season club record. He is tied at 159 with Jose Canseco (1998) and Kelly Johnson (2012).
Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas is one home run away from setting a franchise record. He has 36, matching the mark set in 1985 by Steve Balboni. Moustakas has hit only one homer over his past 28 games, however. He has not hit one since Sept. 1, and the 15-game drought is his longest since July 23-Aug. 10, 2015.
"It's amazing," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We've seen our share of home runs. Moose is on the verge of breaking our franchise home run record. I don't know what to make of it. Guys are bigger and guys are stronger, but so are the pitchers. There sure are a lot of home runs being hit.
"You're always looking to elevate. You're not going to make a whole lot of money hitting the ball on the ground in this league because the defenders are so quick and athletic. You've got to get the ball in the air, I think, if you're going to be successful."
Toronto's Josh Donaldson did not hit a home run Tuesday, but he has hit 21 since the All-Star break, which leads the American League for that span. He has 30 home runs this season despite being on the disabled list for 38 games with a calf injury April 14-May 25. He has missed 48 games overall.
"There is a ton of home runs being hit, more than normal," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "It really looks like the ball is flying. Why, who knows? ...
"Fans love it. When you're hitting them, we love it. When they're hitting them, you don't like it so much. l see a lot more opposite-field home runs that you wouldn't normally see on certain type swings."
Anderson left his start Thursday at Minnesota after 4 1/3 innings because a blister was developing on his left index finger, but barring a setback, he is on target to make the start Wednesday. He allowed two runs, five hits and four walks and did not factor in the decision Thursday in a 3-2 win by the Twins.
He will be making his fifth start for the Blue Jays, who signed him after he was released by the Chicago Cubs. He is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in four starts with the Blue Jays and is 3-3. Anderson is 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two career starts against the Royals.
Junis will be trying to win his sixth straight decision Wednesday.
His five consecutive winning decisions are the most by a Royals rookie since Luke Hochevar won five in a row June 4-25, 2008. He has allowed four walks in his past 169 batters as a starter, recording 36 strikeouts in that span.
Junis did not factor in the decision in the Royals' 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday when he allowed seven hits, one walk and one run with one strikeout in 5 2/3 innings.
He had a no-decision in his only start against the Blue Jays this season June 23, when he allowed two runs, six hits and two walks while striking out four in 6 1/3 innings.
|Last Updated: 3/20/2018 6:21:00 PM EST|