As Tom alluded to in his post yesterday, the Royals have found something under Ned Yost. Since taking over the reigns, the Royals are 6-2 under his direction and actually look like a different team. And while it is definitely a small sample size, it is certainly encouraging to see our boys starting to play like a Major League team again. [...]
So, I ask the question, where do we go from here? The Royals are currently caught-up in their longest winning streak of the season (three) and are playing inspired baseball for their interim manager. A bit of unchartered territory for this season, huh?
Being a Royals fan, it is easy to expect the worst because, well, that is what we’ve gotten for the past fifteen seasons. But the recent shift in managers has me hopeful again and some of the fan base as well. We’ve gone from another deplorable 100+ loss season to talking about making a run at the .500 mark within a matter of a few weeks, not to mention moving into third place in the AL Central with the victory over Colorado last night (that in and of itself is amazing!).
With a difficult part of the schedule coming up during the next few weeks, it will be interesting to see what the Royals are capable of doing on the field. After the Colorado series this weekend, the Royals will face the Rangers, Red Sox, Angels, Tigers, and Twins, all teams with winning records, except the Angels who currently sit at 20-24 — Scoscia’s club always seems to get the better of the Royals, too. Should KC be able to make their way through these series around the .500 mark, I would most certainly consider that a success and a great sign for the remainder of the season.
Today, the Royals will send Kyle Davies to the bump to take on Jeff Francis of the Rockies, who is making only his second start of the season after missing all of 2009.
Davies will look to pick up his fourth win of the season and back-to-back starts for the first time this year after coming off of an impressive performance against the Baltimore Orioles. He went six innings, giving up seven hits and only giving up two earned runs. Davies has lowered his ERA under five, to 4.93, and is starting to show signs of more consistency. Excluding his awful May 6th outing against the Rangers when he gave up nine earned, he hasn’t given up more than four earned runs in any other start this year. Not to shabby from your fifth starter.
The Royals could have their hands full against the southpaw Francis who is looking to return to his 2007 form where he went 17-9 and helped lead the Rockies to the World Series. He battled injuries through 2008 and missed the entire 2009 campaign, but looked impressive in his comeback performance last Sunday against the Nationals. He gave up only one earned in seven innings of work, while striking out six.
Game time is at 3:10 this afternoon at the K. It should be a good matchup, hopefully one the Royals will win.
Where do we go from here?
Enjoy the ride and follow skipper Yost. It seems like the Royals are, and right now, that is definitely a good thing.