Man, eight wins in a row – longest winning streak of the year for KC…
Just 1 1/2 games out of first behind Cleveland. If it ended today, we’d be a wild card team in the American League.
TheRoyals ended the first half of season cold but man have they heated up.
Signing three pitchers, not trading any core players and the home run bats are back!
Eric Hosmer is on heat street with 16 home runs with the second most hits in the league at 122 and batting .319. Last night he had a grand slam – his first – 5 hits and 6 RBI’s.
It would appear that Eric is on his way to his best season ever with well over 20 homers and perhaps close to 100 RBI’s and a plus .300 batting average.
Moose will break KC’s home run record and is in line to even win the home run title from Aaron Judge – he’s got 29 and New York’s Judge has 32. So the race is on.
No doubt this team has been streaky. A super cold start and it looked like they were toast.
Everyone including me wrote them off in May
Then came the home run attack and new life.
However that cold second half start again made it look suspect as far as a playoff run. Not now. The winning confidence is there, the experience of winning is there, the desire is back. Seven players in double digits with home runs is a first for any KC team.
And Kansas City has a new star position player in Whit Merrifield.
Whit is batting .294 just behind Hosmer with 11 home runs and is heating it up as of late.
Whit has baseball’s longest hitting streak with 20 in a row.
His fielding is outstanding and guess what? He may be the man who wears the tag…”the next George Brett.”
He’s got the goods.
Remember, this is Whit’s first full season. He gives Kansas City a core group of 5 big time hitters back to back to back. Now it’s Cain, Hosmer, Moose, Sal and Whit. That’s a tough group to have to pitch to four times a game.
The Royals pitching is solid, looking for that starter to help lock down the front four. Relief pitching has improved and the team is just on a roll. Sure they will hit cold spots, but it sure looks good right now.
Remember, these guys were 40-1 to win their division just weeks ago. Today they are ranked number 8 in baseball to go to the World Series at 15-1.
If they stay healthy – with just Houston in the American League – thats a lock on post season. Look out for the Royals.