Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Preview
The Kansas City Royals and their sterling 21-1-6 record have a chance to tie a club mark for spring wins on Monday when they play the Los Angeles Dodgers at Surprise Stadium at 20.05 CDT. These sort of records are not really relevant, of course. In fact, the high water mark of 22 was set in 1999, a decidedly losing season for the Royals. But given the choice one would rather win than lose and (the outside chance of a tie aside) it is indeed that dichotomy for the Royals.
For once, the most attention for the Royals will probably not be on their own pitchers. The rotation is largely set and none of the competitors are scheduled to pitch. But the opposing starter will get more than a passing glance. For the first time since the first of the month Zack Greinke will be pitching in Dodgers colors and it is an odd twist of fate that not only will it be against his original club, it will be broadcast on Fox Sports Kansas City. Unlike last year, interleague play will not give the Royals a chance to see Greinke during the regular season, so fans will want to take this opportunity. There is actually another former Royal set to pitch later in the game for Los Angeles as well. JP Howell is of rather less renown, however.
The Royal given the job of trying to match Greinke and tie the club record for spring wins is recent acquisition Wade Davis. It is already established that he will be the number four starter this year so he is mostly just fine-tuning his preparations. Luke Hochevar will also pitch as he readies himself for the bullpen.