Well, it’s finally happening…
The Royals, for the first time since the George Brett Era, look like a good team. This is by far the best team we’ve seen since all the BS about young teams, rebuild teams and on and on began 20 years ago.
Billy Butler and more important, Alex Gordon.
Their one-two punch reminds me of what two timely, solid hitters can do to take a team from nowhere to first place.
Yes, the Royals are in first.
Yes, it’s very early. However there’s something going on here. A young, fired up, defense, great-looking bullpen and Gordon showed up. Finally!
The Royals are still on nobody’s radar. Nobody.
They have come out hard before – maybe twice in 30 years – only to fall apart fast. This time looks much different. First off, since Brett/McRae or Brett/Otis or Brett/somebody, this ball club has had no real offense.
Look out, they might just have solved all that.
Alex Gordon leads the majors in hits: 22, Gordon has a 10 game hitting streak, best in the league. Alex has 11 RBIs and is hitting a near league-leading .373. Guess what? Butler is hitting .373 with 9 RBIs. Gordon also was 3 for 4 Saturday – a rare feat for him – with 2 RBIs, and when the Royals had 2 outs.
Gordon has, up to this point, been one of the teams all-time no shows.
Not since Clint Hurdle has a player had the kind of hype Alex got when he came up four years ago. He did nothing each year. Billy Butler has been a good hitter with no help and remains unknown in the league until now.
If these two continue anywhere near this level, the Royals are a contender.
I know it’s early and that’s hard to believe, but if a couple other players help, two outstanding middle of the lineup guys can carry you.
If you have pitching!
Now that’s the bigger question. Looks like maybe we do. Bullpen boys, wow! Tim Collins 2.25 ERA and brought it at 100 MPH! Jeremy Jeffress 1.35 ERA and last but maybe the best – with NO RUNS GIVEN UP – Aaron Crow; ERA .000. Yes, Soria has struggled but he should be all right. Starters also have looked good.
Hey, every once in a lifetime even the last place team has a crazy good season – this could be ours.
I’m actually watching games and thinking about going out live, well maybe. I like what I see. 10 and 4 first place sounds so nice. Different.