Opinion

Chris Young opens series for Royals as series with St. Louis begins

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Chris Young
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Chris Young AP

Here is a stunning statistic, one I unearthed from a tweet by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan: The Royals are averaging 10,250 more fans per game at Kauffman Stadium than they did in 2014.

The stadium has hosted 215,256 more fans in the first 21 games of the season. They lead all of baseball in both categories.

And this weekend almost guarantees a trio of sell-outs. The Cardinals are coming to town. A pair of first-place clubs will clash.

“It’s a little bit more motivation, and I think the crowd has a lot to do with that,” outfielder Alex Gordon said. “A sea of red, a sea of blue together. It’s definitely a lot of fun. And over the years, since I’ve played in it, it’s always been pretty special.”

He added, “The Cardinals, that organization’s been doing it for a while. So it’s no surprise that they’re top of the league as far as wins and losses. I’m happy that we’re up there with them, too. So it’s going to be a fun series. Hopefully we’ll come out on town. We’re at home. So hopefully there’s not a lot of red, like there usually is. Hopefully there’s a lot of blue.”

Here are the pitching matchups for this three-game series:

Friday, 7:10 p.m.: RHP Chris Young (3-0, 0.94 ERA) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (3-3, 2.96 ERA).

Saturday, 6:15 p.m.: LHP Danny Duffy (2-3, 5.87 ERA) vs. RHP John Lackey (2-2, 2.96 ERA).

Sunday, 1:10 p.m.: RHP Edinson Volquez (3-3, 2.74 ERA) vs. RHP Michael Wacha (6-0, 2.13 ERA).

FROM THE STAR

1. Vahe Gregorian spoke to Whitey Herzog, a piece of connective tissue between the Royals and the Cardinals.

2. Sam Mellinger explained why the Royals may be better off with Chris Young in the bullpen – for now.

3. Blair Kerkhoff wrote about how the Royals and Cardinals are drawing massive television ratings.

THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)

53.9 percent

HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC

“I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” by Jamie xx.

To reach Andy McCullough, call 816-234-4730 or send email to rmccullough@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @McCulloughStar. Download True Blue, The Star’s free Royals app, here.

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