CHICAGO – Kansas City missed Chris Sale during their opening series against the White Sox. The Royals won’t be as fortunate this time.
Sale has returned from the disabled list, and thus far, he looks as dominant as ever. He’s struck out 14 batters and walked only two in 12 innings.
The Royals have their work cut out for them.
Here are the pitching matchups for the weekend at U.S. Cellular Field:
Thursday, 7:10 p.m.: RHP Yordano Ventura (2-1, 4.80 ERA) vs. LHP Chris Sale (2-0, 2.25 ERA).
Friday, 7:10 p.m.: LHP Danny Duffy (1-0, 5.51 ERA) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 8.40 ERA).
Saturday, 1:10 p.m.: RHP Edinson Volquez (2-1, 1.99 ERA) vs. LHP John Danks (0-2, 6.06 ERA).
Sunday, 1:10 p.m.: LHP Jason Vargas (1-1, 6.75 ERA) vs. RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 5.23 ERA).
FROM THE STAR
1. The Royals had no answer for Mike Pelfrey on Thursday night.
2. Ned Yost, and various other Royals, responded to Brett Lawrie’s latest round of commentary about their organization.
THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)
HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC
"Honey Joy" by Royal Headache.