The Kansas City Royals try to win another series, this time against the Oakland Athletics, in the final game of three at home this afternoon. Jeff Francis continue to try for his first win of the season in eight attempts, although the quality starts have been there in the past. Perhaps the most unlucky pitcher on the Royals staff thus far, Francis had a fine start to the year but couldn’t gain an official win due to lack of support. As of late, however, the blame falls squarely on his shoulders — giving up five earned runs in each of his last three starts.â†µ
The A’s counter with Tyson Ross, a 24-year-old rotational replacement for the injured Dallas Braden who has been completely in command during all three starts he’s filled in. It’s a testament to the A’s pitching depth and system that Ross could step right in. Yet as good as their pitching has been, it’s the Royals who own a slight edge in momentum and should continue to enjoy a surge in weekend attendance due to the team’s overall success and the arrival of super-prospect Eric Hosmer who makes this third start at first base this afternoon.