The second half of the 2017 season gets underway Friday, and the Kansas City Royals will host the Rangers, Tigers and White Sox for 10 straight at Kauffman Stadium. We have some questions.
[nervously taps mic, clears throat in front of what’s hopefully a pro-Kansas City Royals crowd]
Good evening everybody!
Boy, that was some first half, wasn’t it? It had a little of everything—Jason Vargas, front-line starter, a pair of Mike’s battling for Comeback Player of the Year honors, a 10-20 start, Two Jorge’s, One Corner Outfield spot, whatever it is Brandon Moss keeps trying to do.
And that just gets us through May!
It hasn’t been… fun… at least not in the traditional sense. Sure, the late surge back into contention was great and we’ve got some solid foundational pieces contributing and there’s at least a puncher’s chance that SOMEONE on the current roster won’t flee for more money in the offseason (my money’s on Lorenzo Cain, but I’m willing to hear arguments). There have also been bullpen meltdowns, a bunch of regulars hitting near or below .200, way less of Danny Duffy than we could’ve hoped for and way, WAY, WAY more Travis Wood than seems necessary.
Seventy-five games remain. Let’s answer seven questions about the Kansas City Royals. Leggo!