You know the stakes. You know the situation.
Here the pitching matchups this weekend as the Royals host the Tigers at Kauffman Stadium:
Friday, 7:10 p.m.: Jason Vargas (11-9, 3.41 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (13-12, 4.81 ERA).
Saturday, 12:05 p.m.: James Shields (14-7, 3.15 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (16-5, 3.26 ERA).
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Sunday, 1:10 p.m.: Jeremy Guthrie (11-11, 4.35 ERA) vs. Rick Porcello (15-11, 3.19 ERA).
FROM THE STAR
For Page One, a preview of this weekend, “the biggest series since 1985.”
Here is a thorough graphical breakdown of the series from Blair Kerkhoff.
Sam Mellinger wrote a column about a similar weekend in 1985.
THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)
THE STANDINGS IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
KC trails Detroit by a half-game.
THE STANDINGS IN THE WILD CARD RACE
KC leads Oakland by a half-game in the race to host the Wild Card game. Seattle trails KC by 1 1/2 games.
HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC
“Blue Velvet” by Childhood.