The Kansas City Royals have been hovering around five games out of the AL Central crown for the last couple of weeks, but with the team now six games out and a series scheduled against the Rays this week, it is now or never for Kansas City.
The Royals had been one of the hotter teams in baseball, winning seven of nine games before getting swept by the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend.
Looking to stop the bleeding on Monday is Luke Hochevar (4-7, 5.65 ERA). The 28-year old is throwing the best he has all season, allowing just three runs total in his last two starts.
Meanwhile, the Royals will get their first look of the season at Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.82 ERA). In his start against Kansas City last year, Cobb threw seven shutout innings.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT, and the game can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.
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