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Game #5 GameThread: Jays @ Royals

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Game Two of four with the Royals.

We have Yusei Kikuchi, who had a very nice spring, 0.87 ERA in 20.2 innings, 9 hits, 10 walks and 31 strikeouts. The question is ‘Can he carry it into the season?’ I guess we’ll get a bit of the answer tonight.

Lefty Kris Bubic starts for the Royals. He had a good spring too. 1.74 ERA, 9 hits, 7 walks and 15 strikeouts in 10.1 innings.

I think we can look forward to a lot of walks tonight.

Lineups. Daulton Varsho gets moved out of cleanup, Matt Chapman takes his spot. Kiermaier stays in against the lefty. Santiago Espinal catches. Springer DHes for the first time this year.

Today's Lineups

George Springer - DH Bobby Witt - SS
Bo Bichette - SS Edward Olivares - LF
Vladimir Guerrero - 1B Salvador Perez - C
Matt Chapman - 3B Franmil Reyes - DH
Daulton Varsho - LF Matt Duffy - 3B
Whit Merrifield - RF Hunter Dozier - 1B
Danny Jansen - C Jackie Bradley - CF
Santiago Espinal - 2B Nate Eaton - RF
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Nicky Lopez - 2B
Yusei Kikuchi - LHP Kris Bubic - LHP

Send me a note if you want to volunteer to hit cleanup for us and do the GameThreads.


Which Kikuchi will we see tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 80%
    This spring’s Kikuchi
    (36 votes)
  • 2%
    Last season’s Kikuchi
    (1 vote)
  • 17%
    Somewhere inbetwenn
    (8 votes)
45 votes total Vote Now


We finally got a Jays home run last night, will we see any tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 43%
    Yes, more than one
    (18 votes)
  • 41%
    Yes, just one
    (17 votes)
  • 14%
    (6 votes)
41 votes total Vote Now


Is this a ‘must win’ game?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    YES, they need to get going.
    (23 votes)
  • 46%
    NO, it is April fourth.
    (20 votes)
43 votes total Vote Now

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