It has been over a month since I have written an article on the Kansas City Royals and it was about the injury to Bruce Chen and how I thought the Royals would handle the situation. I thought that they would choose between Danny Duffy and Wade Davis, like I thought, they went with Duffy and so far it has been a solid choice. He has started 7 games thus far with several quality starts but a lack of run support has given him a 2 and 4 record with 1 no decision.
The other option that the Royals could have went with was Davis and I am glad that they left him in the bullpen because right now he is one of the most reliable arms in the Royals pen. He has pitched 28.1 innings and has given up 11 hits and has struck out 46 batters. His ERA is currently at 1.27. If he keeps up these numbers I would expect to see him in Minnesota for the All Star Game.
There was a quick scare with the starting staff after the hard throwing rookie Yordano Ventura left the game with what appeared to be an elbow injury. He only missed one start as a precaution and is now back in the rotation. This was a big sigh of relief for all Royals fans because with Chen just now rehabbing in AA it would have been a long stretch of games. For the game that Ventura missed the Royals called Aaron Brooks into the starting role and things did not go well. He pitched 0.2 innings and gave up 7 runs.
This entire season has been a nightmare for one player in particular who the Royals need to be successful this season and the month of May did not get much better for him. Mike Moustakas started this season off super slow and has yet to really find any sort of groove. On May 22 he got sent down to AAA to spend some time with the Omaha Storm Chasers. This was a move that I actually was a big fan of and I think that it should have been done a while ago. I was ready for him to spend some time down in AAA and get his mind set and fix the problems that he has been having with his bat but 10 days after being sent down he was called back up to Kansas City after Danny Valencia, who had been playing good baseball, injured his wrist.
Overall the month of May was fairly average the Royals record for the month was 12 and 17. Since June has started the Royals have gotten back to .500 with a record of 32-32.
The past couple of games are what I hope to continue to see the Royals do. Last night, June 10th, the Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 9-5. The biggest thing about this game is that the Royals hit 3 home runs. This is still a big deal because they are the worst in the majors in home runs.
Hopefully this recent burst in home runs is a good sign for the Royals. The current team leader is Alex Gordon with 7 but he may need to watch his back because Eric Hosmer has had 2 home runs in the past 3 games. Sure he only has 3 homers but he started last season off slow and then got hot in the month of June, I could see him get in a groove and start knocking the balls out of the park with how hard he swings.
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~Josef Smith @joe9311