Court's Curve

 

On Monday Johnny Cueto made his debut at the K.

 

What a great outing it was! Cueto went scoreless in eight innings and felt confident enough to ask Ned if he could come back out and pitch in the ninth. So Cueto came out and finished the four hit shutout walking none and striking out eight. Lorenzo Cain drove in two runs with a double in the first, and Morales drove in Cain as the Royals already lead 3-0 in the bottom of the first. The Royals beat the Tigers 4-0.

Tuesday Yordano Ventura tossed six scoreless innings. Ventura tied a career high with six walks but also tied a season high with eight strikeouts while allowing just two hits. Ventura looked like he was making strides, getting better with his pitches and gaining his confidence back. The Royals defense also looked really good on Tuesday night. Lorenzo Cain nearly hit for a cycle, coming up just one triple short. Cain had a double, two singles and a home run. Hosmer and Moose each had two run homers as the Royals beat the Tigers 6-1.

The perks of having such a big lead in the division is that the Royals can sacrifice a game here and there so the bullpen can rest and be ready to go in the games that matter. This is what it seemed like Ned Yost wanted to do on Wednesday night. Volquez threw through seven innings.  Volquez retired thirteen straight. When the score was tied in four in the eighth Yost put Herrera in and he gave up some runs and it didn’t help that the Royals defense didn’t look like it normally does. The Royals bats looked solid for most of the game, but the Tigers bats prevailed in the end. The Tigers won the game 7-4.

Today starts off a four game series against the Angels at Kauffman Stadium. Tonight Guthrie takes the mound. He has been struggling lately but can hopefully improve tonight against the Angles who have struggled on the road lately. Garrett Richards is starting tonight for the Angels and has given up five home runs in his last four starts. He, like his team is much worse on the road. Mike Trout is the Angels biggest threat, so as long as the Royals can keep him quiet they should be fine. On Friday Duffy needs to have a better start than he had against the White Sox.

If you are able to make it to one game this weekend I would pick Saturdays, if it is not already sold out. Not only is Cueto pitching, but Mike Sweeney is being inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame. The Royals are asking fans to be in their seats by 5 so they don’t miss any of the festivities. Saturday is also the first preseason game for the Chiefs, but I have a feel more people will be watching the Boys in Blue. Sunday the series ends with Ventura on the mound. If he throws like he did against the Tigers then the Royals should be able to sweep the Angels for a second straight time this season.

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