The Atlanta Braves are the hottest team in baseball as they have only lost one game all season and are winners of nine straight. It will now be up to the Kansas City Royals to stop the hot streak as a great opportunity lies ahead for the team to identify themselves in the early part of the season.
Kansas City’s best chance to win will come Tuesday night when starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie takes the mound. The right-hander is 2-0 in two starts with a 3.55 earned run average, 11 strikeouts and a .224 opponent batting average in 12 2/3 innings.
With a 7-5 record and tied for first place in the American League Central heading into Tuesday’s contest, the Royals have an awesome chance to show Major League Baseball that they mean business. If Kansas City can not only defeat Atlanta Tuesday night, but also take the series from them, they will prove they are team that should be taken very seriously.
With that being said, winning just one game will not come easy. The Braves are not just dominating on offense, but their pitching has been out of this world. The pitching staff ranks first in all of baseball in ERA (1.82), hits (79), home runs (6), opponent batting average (.200) and WHIP (1.01). This means the Royals will have to be on their game offensively, something that has not come easy for them so far this season.
Ending the streak will be no easy task, especially since the Royals will have to play National League-style baseball for the second time this season. However, Kansas City manager Ned Yost will not allow his team to push the series aside lightly. If the Braves are going to continue their hot streak, they are going to have to work hard for it.