Is there a hotter team in baseball right now? The Kansas City Royals just had their 10 game winning streak end to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday June 16th. Most might be disappointed that the streak ended but considering the Royals have not scored more than 1 run on Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez in 5 career starts. It’s a respectable loss since Danny Duffy threw an impressive 7 innings only giving up 3 hits.
This past streak of 10 games has been impressive and exciting for all Royals fans. The streak started with a 4 game series with the New York Yankees. The series was cut short because of rain and Derek Jeter’s finale in Kauffman Stadium will have to wait for a later date.
After the Yankees series the Royals took on the Cleveland Indians in a two game series. This is when the Royals offense got hot. In the two game series the Royals outscored the Indians 13 to 6, and in the series the Royals hit 3 home runs. The next series against another AL Central foe the Chicago White Sox again went really well for the Royals. The Royals offense scored a surprising 22 runs in this 3 game series and the pitching staff proved that it is one of the best in the majors by only giving up 6 runs. The offense had another solid 4 home runs in this series and an impressive 8 extra base hits.
This latest series against the Tigers was going to be a tough one for the Royals. They had to face 2 former Cy Young winners and two more good starting pitchers. First up was Tigers ace Justin Verlander, even though he has struggled this year he is still considered one of the better pitchers in the majors. This day however was not his, he gave up a total of 7 earned runs and his ERA jumped up to 4.98. The Royals ended up scoring 11 runs in the game and if not for a grand slam by J.D. Martinez in the 9th inning off of Donnie Joseph it would have been a blowout.
The next game in the 4 game series didn’t get any easier for Kansas City because they were facing last year’s Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. You could say that it wasn’t Scherzers night though because the Royals hung up an impressive 10 runs on the former award winning pitcher. The Royals hard throwing rookie Yordano Ventura however only gave up 3 runs in 7 innings. The last game of the winning streak didn’t have the hot offense but a stellar outing by Jeremy Guthrie gave the Royals what they needed to pull out a 2-1 victory.
The winning streak has ended but Kansas City has an interesting few games ahead of them with a 3 game home series against the Seattle Mariners and then a 3 game home series against the Los Angeles Dodgers where the Royals will have to face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw who threw a no hitter on Wednesday June 19th. Will Kershaw shut down the Royals or will he be the next victim of Kansas City’s newly hot offense.
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