On Sunday at 14.05 CST, the Kansas City Royals will play the Cincinnati Reds away at Goodyear Ballpark. This will be the second time this spring that the two teams have met. The Royals won the opening encounter by the score of 3-2 last Friday. Barring a World Series match-up, it will be the penultimate time the two clubs meet this year, as they have one more spring encounter and then none in the regular season.
Wade Davis will make the start for the Royals. He was effective on Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians, going two scoreless innings and giving up one hit and hitting a batter. He is expected to go up against Homer Bailey, one of the men who threw a no-hitter last year.
Bailey has thrown just one inning so far this spring, but he was perfect in it. It hasn’t been made clear who else might pitch for the Royals, but given the number of bullpen candidates, there is hardly a shortage of interesting options.
Other points of note for the Royals are that this will be their first game without the players who are leaving the club to play in the World Baseball Classic. Most notable will be Salvador Perez. He certainly isn’t fighting for a starting spot, but this will cost him valuable time in getting acquainted with the Royals’ new pitchers.
I don’t think it will be a major problem, but it isn’t ideal and certainly the World Baseball Classic is not worth the risk.