Week 24 of the MLB season is in the books, and it was yet another good one for the Kansas City Royals. The team went 5-2 on the week, which has more or less become the norm. That’s not to say it wasn’t interesting, though, for there was still plenty to watch for.
Kris Medlen made his first regular-season start since Sept. 27, 2013 and threw six strong innings He got off to a bit of a shaky start, giving up 2 hits and 2 runs within the first three batters, but from there he totally righted the ship. In the end he gave up five hits and three runs, walking none and striking out six in a tidy, pitch-efficient (69) performance.
Mike Moustakas had a huge week, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that his post All-Star break slump is officially over. Johnny Cueto, on the other hand, suffered his 2nd shaky start in a row, giving up 6 runs in only 5 innings against the Orioles. Cueto seemed as confused as anyone, seeing as he almost never has two bad outings in a row, but as he put it “I’m not a robot. It was a bad outing. I’ll get better.”
The Royals came within a run of a series sweep against the Tampa Bay Rays, but ended up a just short. Still, it was only the teams sixth loss in 26 games.
In addition to the on-field action, Ned Yost announced that once Alex Gordon returns, Ben Zobrist will ultimately replace Omar Infante as the everyday second baseman. On this week’s podcast we delve into that news, the surprising reaction many fans have had to it, and Ned Yost’s feelings on “team chemistry.”
Don’t forget we’ll be releasing new podcasts every Monday through the rest of the season and all throughout the playoffs!