ScheduleAll times ET

2015 Schedule
95-67, 1st in AL Cent
Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports

Royals to start Ventura in Game 1 of ALDS

The Royals will start hard-throwing youngster Yordano Ventura in Game 1 of the AL Division Series, regardless of whether Kansas City plays the Yankees or Astros on Thursday night.

Is this the year for the Royals to win?

One of our 23 baseball analysts surveyed thinks so. Kansas City is heavily favored to make it past whoever the wild-card winner is in the ALDS but loses a good amount of supporters in the ALCS. Playoff picks

Are Royals atop Power Rankings?

Was winning five straight at the end of the season enough to vault Kansas City to the top spot in our final rankings? Find out here

John Rieger/USA TODAY Sports

Cueto still capable of dominance

It may not seem like it -- given the way he's pitched in Kansas City -- but Johnny Cueto still has the stuff to shut opponents down. Will he or another pitcher be this postseason's Madison Bumgarner? Photo gallery

Tom Pennington/Getty Images
1dJayson Stark

Stark: My World Series prediction

Our guy, Jayson Stark, doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting who will win the World Series. But this year is different. We promise!

Blue Jays favored to win it all

According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, Toronto has the highest odds at winning the World Series. The Royals and Dodgers are close behind.

Stats & Info

Ventura hot for Royals at right time

Yordano Ventura struggled for Kansas City early this season but has settled into a groove in his last 10 starts. The 24-year-old will look to keep things going in the postseason.

AP Photo

Hank Aaron Award finalists: AL Central

The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Here are the nominees for each AL Central team:

  • Chicago White Sox: Jose Abreu
  • Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley
  • Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera
  • Kansas City Royals: Lorenzo Cain
  • Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier

ESPN Illustration

Experts: Predicting the playoffs

ESPN's baseball analysts gaze into their crystal balls and make their postseason predictions, including who will win the World Series.

Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Home sweet home for the Royals

Kansas City secured home-field advantage in the AL throughout the postseason on Sunday. If the Royals make it to the ALCS and face the Blue Jays, playing four at Kauffman Stadium will be a big plus. Sunday's Top 5

Blue Jays top the MLB Power Rankings (1:18)
BBTN's World Series predictions (1:32)
ESPN Illustration
2dDavid Schoenfield

Schoenfield: The Ultimate October Blueprint

Congrats, your team is headed to the postseason. But does their style of play work under the bright lights of October? David Schoenfield examines the formula for playoff success.


Royals clinch AL's best record

Salvador Perez launched a two-run homer, Johnny Cueto allowed one run over five innings and the Royals captured their 95th victory of the season with a 6-1 win over the Twins. Box score


Royals looking like the No. 1

Kansas City needed to lose AND the Blue Jays had to win for Toronto to unseat the Royals from the AL's top spot. The Jays trail 9-0 while the Royals lead 5-0 in the fourth. Follow live

Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP

AL scenario: Top AL seed

  • Royals win No. 1 seed with a win today vs. the Twins OR a Blue Jays loss to the Rays.
  • Blue Jays win No. 1 seed with a win vs. Tampa Bay and a Royals loss.

Ventura's gem eliminates Twins

Yordano Ventura took a no-hitter into the fifth and struck out 11 to knock the Twins out of postseason contention. The Royals clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win or a Blue Jays loss. Saturday's Top 5

Royals de-throned in popularity contest

They became baseball's most thrilling team to watch last year. Then, the Royals started the season by trying to fight everyone, and they've ended the season with an epic September collapse. Are they still worthy of your fandom? Who you root for, who you don't

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2693rd
On Base Percentage.32211th
Slugging Percentage.41211th
Earned Run Average3.7310th
Quality Starts7124th

ESPN Fan Shop Powered By

  • New Era Men's Kansas City Royals 59Fifty Game Royal Authentic HatPrice: $34.99 Shop

  • New Era Men's Kansas City Royals 59Fifty Diamond Tech Home White/Royal Batting Practice HatPrice: $34.99 Shop