Dodgers Vs. Royals Preview: Greinke Looks To Defeat Struggling Royals
After winning two out of three against the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Dodgers open up a three-game series on the road against the Kansas City Royals.
The Dodgers send Zack Greinke to the mound against his former team. The right-hander is 9-3 with a 2.57 ERA this season. This will be Greinke’s third time facing Kansas City since being traded.
In his last outing against the Royals in September of 2012, Greinke was a member of the Los Angeles Angels. He allowed one run in 8.1 innings, taking home a no-decision in a 3-2 loss.
Greinke spent his first seven seasons in Kansas City, winning a CY Young Award with the club in 2009 before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers before the 2010 season.
As for the Royals, they start Jeremy Guthrie. The right-hander is 4-6 with a 3.86 ERA this season. This will be his first outing against the Dodgers in his 11-year career. Guthrie is going for his third straight win. However, he is 0-4 with a 3.71 ERA in his last five home starts.
The Dodgers enter tonight’s game still trailing the San Francisco Giants by four games in the NL West standings. It may be the perfect opportunity for the Dodgers to keep pace or gain some games on the Giants as the Royals are on a four-game losing streak. Los Angeles is quite the opposite as they’ve won 10 of their last 14 games and seven straight road Interleague games.
Hanley Ramirez will get the night off defensively as he’s the Dodgers’ designated hitter Monday. Manager Don Mattingly mentioned Sunday Adrian Gonzalez, Ramirez and Yasiel Puig would rotate as the DH.
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