This is my first post in nearly two months. A lot of things have come up in the past two months that have taken my attention away from my articles, but now I’m back and ready to focus on my posts. At this point in the season, not many things have gone right, however there are still a few interesting developments I’d like to see play out over the course of the next two months.
The first thing I’d like to see is Billy Butler give a nice run towards breaking Steve Balboni‘s single season record of 36 home runs. With the juiced ball and steroid era, it was commonplace for teams to have multiple players with 30 and 40 home run seasons. The Royals have remained quiet with the long ball and at 27 years and counting no one has surpassed Balboni’s 36 home runs in 1985. I’m aware Butler only has 20 home runs through Sunday’s game but with a few hot streaks here and there it is possible for him to challenge the record.
The next thing I’d like to see is Greg Holland really stake a claim to the closer’s role as we head into next season. Now I’ll admit I’ve been one of the biggest Holland advocates for the past two years. I really like his makeup and his electric stuff, but I truly believe he could be a very dominate closer for the Royals for at least the next few years.
It’s been really nice to see Mike Moustakas carry over his hot September from last season into this year. It’s been an even better surprise to see how well he has played defensively at third base. On the other side of the diamond has been Eric Hosmer, who has been a little different story than Moose. Hosmer still has time this season to get things in gear and put together a respectable season, although his time will be running out very soon. It would certainly make me feel a bit more at ease going into the off season with Hosmer raking over the last several weeks of the season.
The last thing I’d like to see the rest of the way is the arrival of the most talked about prospect in all of baseball, Wil Myers. Now it may be possible the Royals decide to keep Myers down until next year, but that will anger a lot, if not all, of the fan base. I’d love to see what Wil can do the rest of the way if he gets the call. It will, at least, add a little bit of suspense for the final two months to see if he gets promoted to Kansas City. We will just have to wait and see what the front office decides to do, as he may end up waiting until next May to finally put on a Major League uniform.
I hope to see a few of these stories develop into realization. These are some things that keep me watching even in the dog days of the season when the team is struggling to stay out of the basement in the AL Central. What are some other interesting topics fans are looking forward to the rest of the season? I’d love to hear what others are thinking about.
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