Opinion

More tough pitching awaits as Royals host Tampa Bay Rays

The Royals' Drew Butera (9) connected on an RBI single in front of Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki (8), scoring Omar Infante in the third inning on July 5, 2015, at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals' Drew Butera (9) connected on an RBI single in front of Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki (8), scoring Omar Infante in the third inning on July 5, 2015, at Kauffman Stadium. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier had this to say after the Royals salvaged a split with a walkoff victory on Sunday:

Well. Dozier has something of a point, despite that pungent note of sour grapes emanating from his quote. The Royals have been cold at the plate lately, and their rotation is still in flux. But they still do two things: They play defense and they roll out dynamic relievers in the late innings. That combination will go far, as the Royals proved last October.

Four more tough games loom in this next series. Kansas City will host the Rays, another offensively challenged club with a deep, difficult-to-solve pitching staff.

Here are the pitching matchups for this four-game series at Kauffman Stadium:

Monday, 7:10 p.m.: RHP Edinson Volquez (8-4, 3.48 ERA) vs. RHP Alex Colome (3-4, 4.70 ERA).

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m.: RHP Chris Young (7-4, 2.64 ERA) vs. LHP Matt Moore (0-0, 7.71 ERA).

Wednesday, 7:10 p.m.: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (6-5, 5.42 ERA) vs. RHP Chris Archer (9-5, 2.18 ERA).

Thursday, 7:10 p.m.: TBA vs. RHP Nate Karns (4-4, 3.21 ERA).

FROM THE STAR

1. Here is Blair Kerkhoff’s game story from Sunday’s victory.

2. The Royals will send four starters to next week’s All-Star Game.

3. Sam Mellinger wrote a column about the All-Star situation.

THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)

74.7 percent.

HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC

“Grass” by The Black Ryder.

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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