Aaron Crow's Clutch Pitching Is Igniting Kansas City Royals

By John Raffel
Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Crow has come through nicely for the Kansas City Royals in relief. So far, he’s been excellent in that role for the Royals and appears to be the reliever the team can depend on for the rest of the season in certain spots.

Kansas City is hoping to make a push prior to the MLB All-Star break. With the heavily-favored Detroit Tigers faltering lately and struggling in the standings, the American League Central Division is up for grabs.

On Sunday, the Royals snuck out a wild 9-8 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Crow came in with one out in the seventh inning and went through the eighth. He allowed only one hit and fanned two batters to get the win and improve his record to 5-3. His ERA is 3.70, but he’s been sharp in recent games.

Crow isn’t the closer, but he’s been doing the job in an amazing way in his late-inning role as a reliever. Crow has been pitching well in his last several games. He’s 4-2 in his last 10 appearances with a 2.35 ERA in that span. He’s allowed only seven hits, and fanned three batters. While he did also allow nine walks, he was able to mitigate the damage on the basepaths by being difficult to hit.

As the Royals struggle to stay competitive, Crow is giving them the tough pitching in innings in relief that they need. If he stays sharp, so will the Royals. If he falters, the chances are so will the Royals.

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