Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore talks to the media while manager Ned Yost looks on during a news conference Tuesday, October 6, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo.
The Royals will start Yordano Ventura in Game 1 of the AL Division Series, regardless of whether Kansas City plays the Astros or Yankees on Thursday night. Johnny Cueto will start Game 2, with Edinson Volquez likely to take the mound in Game 3. 269 as a team which was tied for second best in all of baseball, and they collected 1497 hits as a team which was also the second most in the majors.
Ventura will start Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.
Guys like Hosmer and Moustakas have improved greatly since last season as Hosmer enters the playoffs this year with a batting average that is 27 points higher than last season and Moustakas improved his average by 72 points from last year to this year.
But while Cueto has pitched better his last four outings, he went through a long slump in late August and early September.
Cueto is 0-2 with a 5.19 ERA in three postseason starts, all with Cincinnati.
The Cardinals will start Friday in St. Louis.
“Really, your ace is whoever is pitching that particular night”. Kauffman Stadium is a great home field environment and the fans definitely help the Royals play their best baseball. “We’re going to need everyone in our rotation”.
“We like the speed aspect”. He didn’t want to mortgage too much of the future by shipping prized prospects off for the kind of frontline starter or big-time bat that can be so helpful this time of year. “We’ll make a final decision on that probably tomorrow”.