Royals announce World Series pitching rotation

Monday October 26th, 2015

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost announced his team’s World Series pitching rotation on Monday.

The Royals’ skipper revealed that Edinson Volquez will start Game 1, followed by Johnny Cueto, Yordano Ventura and Chris Young in Games 2, 3 and 4.

“It’s a great honor to pitch in this game, especially pitching at home,” the 11-year MLB veteran Volquez said.

Kansas City is going with the same rotation it used to capture its second-straight American League title with a 4–2 series win against the Toronto Blue Jays.

“We wanted Johnny Cueto in Game 2 because Johnny really feeds off the home crowd, and we’re able to have Johnny in Game 2 and Game 6 here at home,” Yost said. “We think that gives us a bit of advantage having Johnny pitching at home in front of our home crowd.”

Kansas City’s rotation will attempt to counter that of the New York Mets, who will send Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz to the hill in the Fall Classic.

The first pitch of the World Series is slated for 8:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

• Mets-Royals, position by position

- Kayla Lombardo

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