The Kansas City Royals are 7-12 so far this month, almost guaranteeing it to be their losingest month of the entire 2015 season. With a 5-11 record over their last 16 games, they’re not exactly building up much momentum as we head down the home stretch.
Despite the recent struggles, there have been some positive takeaways from the past two weeks, and we touch on almost all of them in this weeks Kings of Kauffman Podcast. I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t some pragmatism [sometimes misidentified as negativity] thrown in as well, but for the most part, it’s all positivity in Episode 5.
A recent article published on ESPN.com contends that the Royals offense will be “tough to top” come October. While it’s been easy to overlook lately, the offense truly has become a strength for this team. It may not be as flashy as Toronto’s, but it’s consistent and productive, and now with Ben Zobrist (.370 OBP) and Alex Gordon (.384) hitting in the no. 1 and 2 spots, Kansas City has one of (if not the) best table-setting combo in baseball.
Another huge positive takeaway from last week was a strong outing from Johnny Cueto, who allowed 8 hits and 2 runs in 7 innings of work after going 0-5, with a 9.57 ERA and 1.975 WHIP in his previous five starts. There’s no question the Royals needs him in top form if they’re going to make a return trip to the World Series.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg! I also offer my thoughts on Jeremy Guthrie’s return to the starting rotation, make a case for Kendrys Morales to win AL Comeback Player of the Year, and am joined by Kings of Kauffman’s co-editor and FanSided MLB editorial director, David Hill, to discuss the current state of the team.
Don’t forget we’ll be releasing new podcasts every week from now through the end of the season and all throughout the playoffs!