MLB Post All-Star Break Review: Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals are starting to grow and it shows with this years 62-54 record just ten wins shy of last years season total. Kansas City is currently second in the AL Central and just 4.5 games behind a wild card berth and 6.5 games behind the leading Detroit Tigers.
The Royals have some very effective pitching with Bruce Chen who has led the team in wins the past three seasons but for some reason started the year in the bullpen. Chen is leading the pack with a 5-0 record and a 1.79 ERA and is once again flourishing in the Royals starting rotation.
Ervin Santana is pitching well with a 8-6 record and 3.26 ERA over 155 innings. Jeremy Guthrie has gotten 12 wins but has a 4.10 ERA and has let up 23 long balls so far this year. Wade Davis fills out the rotation with a 6-9 record and a 5.29 ERA.
Aaron Crowe is has been exceptional in the bullpen with a 7-3 record and 2.89 ERA. Closer Greg Holland has been near lights out in save situations making good on 32 of 34 save opportunities while sporting a 1.57 ERA over 46 innings.
There are not many huge bats in the KC lineup as left fielder Alex Gordon leads the team with just 13 home runs, but there are a lot of solid hitters in the line-up with two .300 hitters and a few guys on the cusp of a three hundred average.
Center fielder David Lough is leading the team out of anyone with 200+ at bats in the season with a .303 average. Eric Hosmer is having the most well rounded year of KC hitters with a .294 average, 12 home runs, 56 RBI’s, 31 walks, and leads the team with 9 stolen bases. Miguel Tejada is having one of his finest seasons in years with a .288 average and 20 RBI’s on limited time giving the Royals a great back-up third baseman and pinch hitter when in a jam.
The Kansas City Royals are surging right now going 8-2 in their last 10 games and look to be fighting hard to stay above the Indians for a wild card berth. Cleveland is just a half a game behind them so the Royals have no room for error when trying to close out this regular season.
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