Friday will be the first time that the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals will meet since the dramatic back and forth, that was the 12-inning 2014 American League Wild Card playoff game. It will be a Wild Card rematch with a few differences.
Once again the two teams will meet at the Royals’ home Kauffman Stadium but this time Billy “Country Breakfast” Butler will not be playing in his home stadium, the stadium he played in his entire career. The Royals did not pick up Billy Butler’s $12.5 million 2015 option leaving him fair game for other teams to sign. That team ended up being Oakland who signed Butler to a three-year $30 million contract.
While the Royals may appear to have the advantage with the bat, plus the fact that their record is 7-1 while the A’s is 5-5, that may not exactly be so. The A’s have scored the most runs in the major leagues (tied with the Boston Red Sox) with 56.
Country Breakfast has come through for Oakland with his nine-game hitting streak ending Wednesday night against the Houston Astros.** Correction!!**
There will also be some tremedous pitching matchups this weekend between the two teams … to learn more go to Baseball Hot Corner using the link below:
**Correction: Butler hit in the game against the Astros and continued his hitting streak. He has now hit again tonight against the Royals, extending his streak to 11.**