Kansas City Royals Drop to Fourth in FSMLB Power Rankings
By David Hill
After the most recent stretch that the Kansas City Royals have had, one had to expect that their stay atop the FanSided MLB Power Rankings would not last long. Indeed, one week after gaining the top spot in the power rankings, the Royals have dropped down to fourth this week.
It was certainly understandable that the Royals would see such a drop this week. The Royals have lost six of their last eight games, watching the offense go dormant as the starting pitching had struggled. That combination is quite the recipe for disaster, which the past week and a half had been on the field.
There are signs of hope, however. The Royals have had solid pitching performances over the last three games. Yordano Ventura is beginning to look like the top of the rotation starter that the Royals need. Despite a stint on the disabled list in between, Jason Vargas has been solid in his past four outings. With Edinson Volquez continuing his solid start to the season, the starting rotation may finally be getting on track.
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Likewise, the Kansas City Royals offense showed signs of getting on track. They got to Corey Kluber last night, and this may be the start of the Royals bats starting to heat up. Alex Rios is back, and although he has struggled since his return, should easily be an upgrade offensively over the tandem of Paulo Orlando and Jarrod Dyson. If only they can get Omar Infante on track….
Perhaps most importantly, the calendar has flipped from May to June. The Royals managed to avoid their typical May swoon, going 14-12 last month after posting a combined 20-37 record for the month of May over the previous two seasons. As bad as the end of the month was, the Royals performance was still quite the improvement.
The Royals still have another 112 games left to go, as the season is at the one third mark. However, the Royals are still currently in first place in the American League Central, and possess the third best record in baseball. Every team goes through a rough patch during the season, and the Royals may just have had theirs at the same time that the Minnesota Twins were white hot.
Yes, the Kansas City Royals may have lost the top spot in the FanSided Power Rankings, falling to fourth this week, but that may not be for long. As the calendar has now flipped to June, the Royals appear ready to get back on track.