Opinion

James Shields takes ball for Royals as interleague series with Colorado begins

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields. The Kansas City Star

The Royals have played a ferocious brand of baseball in the second half, with eight consecutive series victories. They have a chance for another little sweep this week against the lowly Rockies.

Here are the matchups for these two nights at Coors Field:

Tuesday, 7:40 p.m.: James Shields (11-6, 3.29 ERA) vs. Tyler Matzek (2-8, 5.50 ERA).

Wednesday, 7:40 p.m.: Danny Duffy (8-10, 2.60 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (12-8, 4.32 ERA).

FROM THE STAR

The 2014 Royals in a nutshell: Salvador Perez tweaks his knee. His replacement, Erik Kratz, promptly booms a pair of homers in yet another victory.

Billy Butler sounds optimistic about the club’s chances going forward.

Here is a recap of Monday’s chat.

THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)

75 percent.

HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC

“Australia” by The Shins.

To reach Andy McCullough, call 816-234-4370 or send email to rmccullough@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @McCulloughStar.

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