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During the regular season, the Royals pitching was anything but stellar, and after the pickup of Johnny Cueto at the deadline, the fate of the starting rotation was in serious question. Cueto was solid in his first four starts with the Royals, but soon went downhill and plummeted towards the end of the season. While Cueto struggled, Ventura emerged as the “ace” in the rotation while Young and Volquez carried the excess weight. While pitching was a serious problem during the regular season, Royals pitchers seem to have figured things out for the postseason.
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While the Royals were tested against the Houston Astros and the Toronot Blue Jays, they have one final test remaining. The New York Mets have been on fire, sweeping the Chicago Cubs as Daniel Murphy and Yeonis Cespedes have been excellent this postseason. Can the Royals pitching staff handle this final challenge?
We will have an answer to that question beginning tonight. But for now, let us look at how the KC Royals stack up heading into the series.
Next: Fronting the rotation yet again