Talk about a fall from grace; the once dominant Kansas City Royals are now a sub-.500 team that has such a weak offense that they rank among the bottom three in runs scored. Meanwhile the Sox are flying high as their lineup continues to bash opposing teams into oblivion nearly every single game in what has been a historic home stand. Home cooking as served the Sox well, they’ll be looking to keep it going away though as they take on the Royals on the road and fight to keep their spot in first place.
Rick Porcello (6-1, 3.11 ERA, 46.1 IP, 46Ks) vs Yordano Ventura (3-2, 4.62 ERA, 37 IP, 26Ks)
Porcello continues to be one of the best starters on staff, going deep into games whole keeping opposing lineups, for the most part, quiet. He’ll be looking to secure his seventh win of the season, which is pretty amazing given he had nine all last season. Meanwhile Ventura has had a rough going this year, walking a league-leading 28–something the patient Red Sox can take advantage of.
David Price (5-1, 6.00 ERA, 48 IP, 65Ks) vs Ian Kennedy (4-3, 3.25 ERA, 44.1 IP, 41Ks)
This ought to be a fun matchup; Price is coming off a brilliant outing against a crappy team while Kennedy has been solid for the Royals though all together average over his career. Price, debuting his new/old mechanics will be looking to build off his previous start and regain some consistency that made him the most feared starter in the AL; given how weak the Royals are I’d say this is a good time to turn it around.
Steven Wright (3-3, 2.36 ERA, 45.2 IP, 41Ks) vs Edinson Volquez (4-3, 3.51 ERA, 48.2 IP, 38Ks)
This should be a well-fought game; plagued by rain his last time out, Wright was rocked hard by the Astros but will be looking to right the ship and resume his run of dominance. If he can hold it together, dazzle the Royals, and get a little run support it should be a fairly easy win for the right hander knuckler.
Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
- Literally everyone. Seriously Jackie Bradley, Hanley Ramirez, Xander Bogaerts, and Travis Shaw are all hitting over .400 in the past week. This offense has been incredible, there are just no words to describe it.
- Hard to find ones here, but Brock Holt has been struggling of late batting .158 over his past 19 at bats this week.
There is nothing stopping our lineup, seriously nothing. Meanwhile our pitching just may be good enough to hold the Royals at bay. Rather than be cautious I’m going to be bold this series, I’m calling for a sweep and I dare the Sox to prove me wrong.