The Kansas City Royals were able to end last week on a high note. After dropping four straight games to the cross-state Cardinals the team was able to take 2 out of 3 from the White Sox. Those wins on Saturday and Sunday were huge.
For a Kansas City Royals team who began August with a 2-9 record getting back-to-back wins against an inferior team was vital. When the team dropped game one in Chicago they saw their season record dip below .500.
Now the Kansas City Royals are 59-58 and sit five games behind division leading Cleveland. They have a huge opportunity this week to make up some ground in the playoff race. With the Twins moving ahead of them in the division that is the place to start.
The Boys in Blue head to the West Coast as the Kansas City Royals will play a three game-set against the Oakland A’s. Oakland once again were sellers at the deadline. This is a match-up were the Royals need to take 2 out 3 at minimum.
Much like the Chicago series, the Kansas City Royals have to be able to handle business against teams that are already looking to the future. Especially if the team wants to see October baseball.
The probable pitching match-ups:
- Monday: Jake Junis vs Jharel Cotton
- Tuesday: Jason Hammel vs. Chris Smith
- Wednesday: Danny Duffy vs. Paul Blackburn
Thursday will be a much needed day off for the Kansas City Royals. They will return to The K on Friday night to square off with the Tribe.
If the cards were to play out right this weekend could be a battle for the division lead. That begins with what happens starting tonight in the Bay.
Will the team be able to continue the roll they got on the last two days? If the Kansas City Royals hope to turn around the month of August and keep themselves in the playoff conversation then it starts now.