I initially saw that this game would be Corey Kluber against Danny Duffy – however, Kluber will now square off against Yordano Ventura. It sounds as if Duffy, who had Tommy John surgery last season, has some arm discomfort and his start will be pushed back to next week. This is Ventura’s major league debut – the 22-year-old RHP had a 3.14 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in the minors. He reportedly has a very good fastball that can push 100 mph.
There are several Royals that have had success against Kluber this season – Mike Moustakas .375/.375/.500 (8 plate appearances), Salvador Perez .400/.500/.600 (6 PA), David Lough .400/.400/.800 (5 PA), Jamey Carroll .667/.667/.667 (3 PA), and George Kottaras .333/.333/.667 (3 PA). Kluber has handled several of their big hitters very well though – Alex Gordon is hitting just .111/.273/.444 (11 PA), Billy Butler .111/.111/.222 (9 PA), Alcides Escobar .222/.222/.222 (9 PA), while Eric Hosmer and Jarrod Dyson are hitless against him this season.
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