1) The Slump Looks Over
The KC Royals have won five of their last seven games after an awful string in which they dropped 12 out of 16 games. They won their first series after five straight losses in a weekend series against Atlanta, and then took two of three games against the hard-hitting Red Sox.
Friday night, the Kansas City Royals beat the AL Central division-leading White Sox with what looked to be a game right in line with their championship style. The White Sox made the KC Royals look helpless until the sixth inning, when the Royals strung together a keep-the-line-moving rally that put them ahead 3-1.
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Pulling Gee in favor of Luke Hochevar in the sixth, the bullpen shut the door over the final four innings to hold onto a 4-1 victory. Yes, Alcides Escobar might have made a base-running error getting doubled off the bag at first on Lorenzo Cain‘s liner to end a seventh. But, the Royals mostly played good baseball for the win.
That continues a trend that started after the KC Royals got a much-needed off day on Monday due to a rainout that followed a 13 inning game where Kansas City had to use nine relievers. Thankfully, the Red Sox never got a chance to exploit that tired pen.
Instead, the KC Royals got their first off day in 10 games and have looked refreshed ever since.
The Washington Post can stuff their story about how the off-season doubters have been proved right by the Kansas City Royals tepid early season performance. This team is back. An’d they’re not mediocre.