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Rodney Dangerfield once said “I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.” While that once rang true for hockey as a whole, if Dangerfield were alive today, he could tweak that line and make it about the Kansas City Royals.
Yes, another week, and another fight where the Royals and Yordano Ventura were involved. As entertaining as it may be to watch, and as much as the Royals seem to need such a chip on their shoulder to succeed, the Royals are beginning to develop a reputation as hotheads. While this is certainly a misnomer, and the Royals should be a team that baseball looks to embrace, reputations are easy to earn and tough to shake.
However, through all the fireworks and fisticuffs, the Kansas City Royals were only 3-3 this week, losing two games yesterday due to a game that was suspended due to the weather on Friday. While the Royals won the game featuring the brawl on Thursday, one has to wonder how much of a boost this is actually giving the team.
For how frustrating as this week may have been, there were still a number of excellent performances for the Royals, Likewise, there were a few performances that were not exactly beneficial, hurting the Royals both this week, and possibly down the road.
And so, without further ado, let us review who was hot, and who was not, for the Kansas City Royals over the third week of the regular season.
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