The Kansas City Royals were able to take the final two games of the series against the White Sox highlighted by a lot of home runs.
The Kansas City Royals have a high powered offense? Never did I think I would write those words in 2019 but that’s exactly what we are seeing in the month of September. Highlighted by the return of Adalberto Mondesi, the Royals have been able to take all four series this month, four in a row to boot. They have not accomplished that since June 2017, so yeah it’s been a while.
Their most recent series victory came against their division rival White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field where the ball was jumping off the bat. In total, the Royals smacked 8 home runs in the three-game series, which is the most in the American League during that span. For the month of September, the team has hit 14 home runs, which is good for 6th in the American League.
It’s pretty remarkable considering there are playoff teams below them in that home run split. Mondesi displayed his power in the first two games, launching a home run in both games but was given the day off on Thursday. Jorge Soler continued his hot streak, launching three home runs in the series including two on Wednesday evening.
Hunter Dozier also took part in the hit brigade with a go-ahead home run on Thursday to give the Royals the lead for good. Dozier has experienced a breakout season for the Royals in 2019 and he’s indicated that the offense is firing on all cylinders right now:
"“I think we’re just playing with confidence and as a team, we’re playing good baseball. I mean our pitchers have been throwing well. We’ve been getting some good, timely hitting. Things are just clicking right now and we’re just looking to finish the season strong.”"
As mentioned in the interview, the Royals will be facing playoff contenders the rest of the way and, while the team might already have their tee times set for September 30, it will be a good test for them in what could be a glimpse for next season. If the Royals can somehow add another power bat to their lineup and get some other guys to develop, they can certainly take a step in the right direction.
Their rotation will hold them back though if new owner John Sherman decides not to make any improvements this offseason.