You know this interleague date between the Dodgers (42-35) and the Royals (39-36) has been circled on Los Angeles ace Zack Greinke’s schedule for a while. The former Kansas City stud, who spent seven years pitching in Kauffman Stadium, is having another great year currently at (9-3, 2.57 ERA).
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said, “It’s always fun when you play games like that, especially with Greinke, because he was here for a good part of his career and a lot of fans saw him in his Cy Young season.”
The three-game series kicks off tonight with Greinke facing Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie (4-6, 3.86), who it should be noted during his last five home starts is 0-4 with a 3.71 ERA.
This is the battle between two second-place clubs, as Kansas City flirted last week with a few days in first place after dismantling the Detroit Tigers. That was followed by the team’s current four-game losing streak.
Said Royals manager Ned Yost, “We’re playing fine, but just an offensive down turn a little bit. You go through the ups and downs. A four-game losing streak right when you had put together a nice 10-game winning streak, it’s tough.”
Looking at tonight’s game, while Guthrie doesn’t appear to be the guy to stop a slide, Greinke is playing like the type of pitcher to keep the Royals out of the win column.
Finally, the Dodger’s run line of +131 makes it an enticing option.