Prior to their sweep of the Minnesota Twins, the past couple of weeks had been rough for the Kansas City Royals. They were 3-8 over the previous two weeks, and were 2-4 last week, winning one game against the Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers. The pitching, particularly in the starting rotation, struggled, while the offense went dormant. It was not a stellar week.
Therefore, it is no surprise that the Royals dropped once again in the FanSided MLB Power Rankings, falling out of the top five to sixth overall. Those struggles saw the Royals get surpassed by the Nationals and the Astros, as the Royals dropped out of the top five for the first time since the initial rankings.
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This descent from the top of the mountain is not likely to last long. The Royals already swept the Twins this week, taking a two game lead in the American League Central. Heading into this weekend, the Royals have a three game set against their cross state, and National League rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. If they replicate their success the last time these two teams faced off, then the Royals can truly claim that they are back.
Right now, there is plenty to like from the Kansas City Royals. Winners of four consecutive games, the Royals appeared to have righted the ship on Sunday, when Salvador Perez hit a game winning home run in the eighth inning against the Rangers. This came after the Rangers had come back from being down 3-0, and it seemed to be a matter of time before they completed the sweep.
From that point, it seems as though the Royals have that old confidence again. The pitching staff appears to be back on track, holding the opposition down and performing to their accustomed level. The offense finally awoke on Wednesday, exploding for seven runs. Even with that slump, the Royals currently find themselves with the best record in the American League, and the second best record in baseball behind those Cardinals.
The standings, even at this point in time, can be a very fluid situation. Power rankings are no different, as the Kansas City Royals have dropped five spots in the past two weeks. However, if they manage to win the series against the Cardinals this weekend, the Royals could find themselves back on top of the heap.