Kansas City Royals Drop One Spot in FSMLB Power Rankings


Last week, the Kansas City Royals were 4-3, splitting their four game set with the Texas Rangers before taking two out of three from the Yankees. It was a week where we saw signs of improvement, as Jeremy Guthrie began to get himself on track, and a week where Danny Duffy continued to struggle. While it was an overall solid week for the Royals, there may have been a bit of disappointment attached to it as well.

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Perhaps it is no surprise then that the Royals slipped a bit in the FanSided MLB Power Rankings this week. While the Royals are still the highest ranked team in the American League, they dropped down to third in the rankings, falling behind the Cardinals and the top ranked Dodgers.

This drop down the rankings may not last long. The Royals have already swept their two game series against the Reds, and are set for a three game series against the cross state rival Cardinals. Taking two of three there would certainly catapult them above St. Louis in the rankings.

For as well as the Royals have performed, they could get better soon. Yordano Ventura posted his best start of the year, and may be starting to become comfortable as the staff ace. Guthrie, as mentioned earlier, is starting to look like the solid pitcher that he has been since coming over from Colorado. Chris Young and Edinson Volquez have been stellar thus far. The rotation certainly appears to be on the right track.

That may be the key for the Kansas City Royals season. The offense and bullpen can only carry the Royals so far. That rotation, which had been one of the strengths of the Royals over the previous couple of seasons, needs to step up and perform to their expectations heading into 2015.

This weekend’s series against the Cardinals will likely determine whether or not the Royals climb the rankings or remain in that third spot. As the Kansas City Royals are already 2-0 on the week, they have a nice start towards climbing the ladder.

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