The offense of the Kansas City Royals was mostly quiet on Sunday afternoon but that had more to do with the guy throwing the ball towards them than it did any offensive struggles they might have. What happened on Sunday was a classic pitcher’s duel that the Texas Rangers just happened to score more runs in. From time to time a team should just tip their cap to the other guys and Sunday was that kind of loss for the Royals.
I think taking the middle game of the series with the Rangers and having a strong chance to win a pitching duel is a pretty good showing for the Royals who have struggled quite a bit of late. They do seem to have a renewed attitude since George Brett joined the team as a coach. I think that stands true still even though they managed only one run on Sunday.
Even the best team in the majors doesn’t win every game. The chance for the Royals to show that they are playing better and hitting better will come with the series they begin next against the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are now two spots in front of the Royals in the American League Central but only two games separate them in the standings.
They need strong pitching and a respectable offensive showing during this series and they could find themselves finally off of the AL Central floor for the first time in a while. The good thing about their division is that no one is running away with it. As long as they get their act together, the season is far from over for this Royals team. The next move is theirs against the Twins.