The Royals enter Thursday night on their biggest losing streak in over a month and will turn to their most inconsistent pitcher to put them on track.
After going 5-4 in a nine-game road trip through Cleveland, Boston and Detroit, the Royals have dropped three in a row to the Yankees at Kauffman Stadium.
It marks the first time Kansas City has lost three straight games since June 20-23. It is also the longest home losing streak since the Royals dropped seven straight from May 24-30.
Jorge De La Rosa will take the ball for the boys in blue. De La Rosa has experienced a very inconsistent season: He started the year 4-3, lost six straight decisions, won a career-high three straight starts and then has posted two poor outings. In his last two starts, De La Rosa has tossed just 7 2/3 innings and allowed 10 earned runs.
De La Rosa is 1-0 in two career appearances against the Yankees. This is the first time the Royals have faced Kei Igawa.
KC: LHP Jorge De La Rosa (7-10, 5.61 ERA)
De La Rosa's inconsistent season took another dip Saturday night, as he yielded seven runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Tigers at Comerica Park. In his past two starts, De La Rosa has worked just 7 2/3 innings and has permitted 10 earned runs. His ERA is the second highest it's been all season. De La Rosa has pitched slightly worse at home (5.72) than on the road (5.49) and is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in seven career innings against the Yankees.
NYY: LHP Kei Igawa (2-2, 6.67 ERA)
Igawa has been inconsistent on the mound lately, and his struggles continued on Friday at Yankee Stadium. The left-hander, who hasn't recorded a win since April 28, recorded his third no-decision in as many games. Igawa gave up two homers in the first two innings, but held Tampa Bay to just those two runs in the outing, allowing seven hits, striking out six and walking three.
Player to watch
Alex Rodriguez has 499 career homers -- and has impressive numbers against De La Rosa: 2-for-4 with a homer.