Pinpointing top moments in a season where the KC Royals went 59-103 is quite the task. Trying to select five from one particular month is even more daunting. However, the month of July offered some tremendous moments that we must revisit.
The KC Royals welcomed July by losing four straight games, and getting swept by the division rivals Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium – which meant there was nowhere to go but up for the remaining 27 days of the hot summer month.
The Royals went 11-15 for the whole month, but a plethora of top moments occurred right after the All-Star Break (and some before it) with a recharged offense and a rested pitching staff playing outstanding baseball not seen in prior months.
The trade for Mike Montgomery on Jul. 16 counts as an honorable mention for a top moment that didn’t quite make the cut. There was no real need for starting catcher Martin Maldonado’s services anymore as he held the fort behind-the-plate during Salvador Perez’s absence, and keeping him any longer didn’t make sense. The Chicago Cubs had an immediate need for Maldonado as their All-Star catcher Willson Contreras had gone down with an injury after shouldering a heavy workload throughout the season.
Mike Montgomery was a welcoming addition to a less than effective pitching rotation, and while Montgomery struggled from the start, he has the potential to turn things around and deliver quality innings from the fourth or fifth starting spot. His services may amplify next season, especially if the team decides to bring up Brady Singer or Jackson Kowar – or both.
Without further ado, let’s look at our top five moments from July 2019.