Blue Jays vs. Royals - July 4-6

Monday, July 04 2016 @ 06:22 PM EDT

Contributed by: #2JBrumfield

The team that crushed the hopes and dreams of the 2015 Blue Jays are back in town for a three-game series.

Series Schedule / Probable Starters

Monday at 7:07 pm ET - Edinson Volquez (7-7, 4.80) vs. Aaron Sanchez (8-1, 3.08)
Tuesday at 7:07 pm ET - Chris Young (2-7, 6.24) vs. R.A. Dickey (5-9, 4.21)
Wednesday at 7:07 pm ET - Ian Kennedy (6-7, 4.04) vs. Marcus Stroman (6-4, 5.08)

Monday's mound match-up involves the principals of the beanball wars that happened between these clubs last year while Tuesday's match-up will bring back only horrible memories of Game 4 of the ALCS where the Jays effectively lost the series.

The Royals are in third place in the AL Central at 43-38, leaving them six games back of Cleveland and a half-game behind Detroit. They lost two of three to Philadelphia over the weekend. They will be without center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who is on the 15-day DL with a hamstraing and third baseman Mike Moustakas is done for the year with a knee injury.

The Blue Jays bounced back to win two in a row against Cleveland to salvage a four-game split. Their 45-39 record leaves them 3-1/2 games behind Baltimore and one back of Boston in the AL East. They are in a virtual tie with Detroit for the second wild card spot.