The Royals were one of baseballs worst teams in April and May…
They couldn’t hit to save their lives – only Eric Hosmer and ∫ were doing any hitting at all. Thus KC was in last most of those two months and most people wrote them off as a contender for the post season.
Not only that Danny Duffey got hurt and was out nearly two months.
It looked pretty dark.
Then came the home run explosion of June and July.
Moose is now on his way to plus 40 homers – perhaps even 50. If he stays healthy Moose will break all Kansas City home run records, including the Kansas City A’s with Bob Cerv and Reggie Jackson.
The Royals never really had a big banger.
Yes, there was Carlos Beltran but he did most of his home run damage After he left KC for Houston and New York as well as the Cards.
And yes, there was John Mayberry and Bye Bye Balboni, however none of them crossed 40 in one season in Kansas City.
Plus our for Sal Perez with 18 dingers may break the old record and cross 40.
Clearly it’s been the Royals recent surge of power baseball that has put them over .500 at 44-43 and just 1 1/2 games out of first place. Damn had they only handled the Dodgers in LA, they might be in first. The Dodgers ended the Royals hot streak by taking all three games.
Is KC now a solid contender in the American League?
Only the Houston Astros look like a World Series team right now.
The New York Yankees and Boston are battling in the east but nobody is running away with their division except Houston.
Last year’s American League Champ, Cleveland, has been a slow starter this year. They are in first place in our division but far from impressive with a 47-40 record.
It appears the Royals are not planning on trading anyone big this year.
Looks like Hosmer, Moose and Cain will stay put for this season.
The chances of a post season are now good so it looks like another year with a shot at the big prize.
The fans are happy, the Royals are excited and hey why not? They are now contenders again. With all they have been through this season, a return to the World Series would be quite a story.
Still, there are lots of problems.
Pitching is not stable. Duffey is back but still not quite himself. Jason Vargas is 12-3 but has been a bit wobbly as of late. Kelvin Herrera has an ERA of 4.50 (ouch) but still has 19 saves.
The division is up for grabs.
I wrote this team off in June and was wrong so let’s see how far they can go.