Just ask the Royals, who roughed him up in KC
Alex Gordon: “He was a lot different, a lot sharper than the last time we faced him.
“Maybe the playoff push fueled him He was throwing harder from the get-go than we’ve seen in the last couple of starts. They’re in a pennant chase, so I’m sure there’s a lot of energy over there.
“There’s a lot of energy here, too We’re going to try to play them hard these next three games.”
Eric Hosmer: “Most pitchers have a game plan and a way they go after you. But it almost seems that he changes his every time.
“And he’s got great stuff to go with it. He was on top of his game.”
Manager Ned Yost: “Strike after strike after strike. He didn’t come close to walking anybody.”