Series Preview: Kanas City Royals VS. Tampa Bay Rays

Joyce celebrates his homerun.

Joyce celebrates his homerun.

Kanas rolls into town for a three game series against the Rays. Since Tampa is playing better we are dropping the Devil for the time being. The Rays looked strong against the Twins taking two out of three. But playing in the AL East means that they need to sweep teams such as the Twins and Royals. Plus we do not have to see Zack Greinke.

Probable Starters:
Kyle Davies, RHP (2-4, 5.09) VS. Andy Sonnanstine, RHP (3-5, 7.66)

TBA VS. Jeff Niemann, RHP (4-4, 4.44)

Gil Meche, RHP (2-5, 4.33) VS. James Shields, RHP (4-4, 3.53)

What To Watch For:
Tampa needs to get on a roll, and fast. We understand that without Aki and Bartlett that we are not as good. But Tampa has the depth to fill those positions with good enough people to beat this team. Reid Bringac, Willy Aybar, and Zorilla have seen most of the time up the middle so far and is doing a decent job.

With Matt Joyce’s promotion and his homerun yesterday, I would expect to see him get most of the time in RF for the rest of the season. Plus I hate the Gabe’s.

Either B.J. Upton needs to start swinging a better bat or I am going to start a petition for a new leadoff hitter. Batting .204 in that spot is piss poor.

X-Factor:
Today’s day off is huge for a team that just had 40 games in 41 days. One day of rest can go a long way for those players struggling at the plate cough* Upton cough*.

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