Reds vs Royals: Preview, pitching matchups and prediction

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 11: Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds looks on as Hunter Dozier #17 of the Kansas City Royals heads to the dugout . (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 11: Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds looks on as Hunter Dozier #17 of the Kansas City Royals heads to the dugout . (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Adalberto Mondesi #27 of the Kansas City Royals slides at third base under the throw to Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds.
CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 12: Adalberto Mondesi #27 of the Kansas City Royals slides at third base under the throw to Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The Reds will battle the Royals for two games before heading to St. Louis.

Obviously, there’s some good news and some bad news as the Cincinnati Reds (9-11) return to the field Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium against the Kansas City Royals. After having the final two games of their series versus the Pittsburgh Pirates postponed following an unidentified Reds player having a positive COVID-19 test, it appears Reds Country will get to watch baseball tonight.

The good news is, it appears the Reds have dodged a major bullet when it comes to the coronavirus. Considering what the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals experienced earlier this season, postponing just two games is a major feat.  Additionally, if everything goes as planned the Redlegs will activate second baseman Mike Moustakas from the injured list before the game.

Now for the bad news. At least one Reds player who was on the active roster this past Friday will be added to the IL until they can successfully pass MLB’s COVID-19 protocols. For the health of the player and everyone around the Cincinnati clubhouse, let’s hope this remains an isolated incident with a safe and speedy recovery coming to fruition.

After last week’s two-game set in the Queen City, the Reds and Royals look to be evenly matched. The two teams split the series at GABP with the Reds capturing a win in extra innings, while the Royals escaped a based loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth to claim victory in the finale. Expect a couple of more tight contests as the scene shifts west.