July 25, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) tags out Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howard Kendrick (47) in the third inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Series Preview: Angels Head to KC to Take on the Royals


The Angels head to Kansas City to take on the Royals this weekend. The Angels are 3.5 games out of the second wild card spot.

The Royals took two out of three to open the season. In late July, the Angels returned the favor taking two out of three from Kansas City.

I did a Q&A with Kings of Kauffman staff writer Mike Vamosi. Click here to read all of it.

Here is my Q&A with him about the Royals:

 

  1. Who are the players that Angel fans who haven’t really watched a lot of the Royals need to keep an eye on during this series?

 

Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez and Johnny Giavotella are the next tier of players behind the Alcides Escobar, Alex Gordon and Billy Butler that Angels fans probably don’t know as well to keep an eye on for Angels fans this series.

 

  1. What is the consensus on Eric Hosmer…future star or a one year wonder?

 

A few weeks ago Royals fans had legitimate concerns about Hosmer but over the last week it seems like Eric might finish the season positively. He’s a big cog in KC getting back to being competitive in the league so hopefully he finds that 2011 form that was expect this season by fans.

 

  1. Is Greg Holland the closer of the future or will Joakim Soria re-take that roll?

 

Holland looks to have the closers job going into next season, I’ve seen that to help the staff that Kansas City might look into turning Soria back into a starter. Its been awhile since he’s started and if anything it gives the Royals a capable set-up man or someone who can close if Holland needs a day off.

 

4)What kind of moves do the Royals need to make in the offseason to compete for a wild card spot?

 

Pitching, Deyton Moore needs to get pitching to this team for them to compete for the division or wild card. It’s no secret the AL Central is winnable and having two wildcards helps but this organization can’t go anywhere without starting pitching to go with a decent offense and above average bullpen.

Here are your pitching matchups for the weekend:

Tonight: C.J. Wilson vs Bruce Chen 8:10ET/5:10PT

Saturday: Zack Greinke vs Jeremy Guthrie 7:10ET/4:10PT

Sunday: Dan Haren vs Will Smith 2:10ET/11:10PT

 

Enjoy the weekend.

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