Kansas City Royals Find 2014's Winning Recipe

By Doug LaCerte
Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

That’s more like it. That’s how the Kansas City Royals have to play to win games this year. After a start to the season that left fans dazed and distraught, KC came through in their home opener today with a win against the Chicago White Sox. It only took one game at Kauffman Stadium to showcase the team’s tremendous potential to win. Scoring seven runs on Sox starter Erik Johnson isn’t quite the same as going to town on Justin Verlander or Max Scherzer, but KC will gladly take it, and they’ll remember their overall capabilities as they move forward. The Royals hit 1-for-9 and 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position in their first two games of the season. Today, KC improved that statistic to 4-for-16 and broke out with 13 hits for seven runs. It all began, fittingly so, with the new duo at the top of the lineup. Norichika Aoki and Omar Infante combined for six hits and two runs in their nine at-bats. This was our first time witnessing the offensive plan come to fruition, not only in Nori and Omar getting on base, but in Alex Gordon bringing them home. His double in the first scored three and gave the Royals an early lead they held onto for their first win of the season. Thanks to a characteristically gritty start from Guthrie, the Royals’ seven runs total were enough to finally earn them a victory. Guthrie struggled with command in the crappy KC weather, allowing four earned in 5 2/3rds innings. After KC’s break-out first, he battled and maintained the Royals’ lead. A sterling defensive effort, that included multiple remarkable contributions from Gold Glover Eric Hosmer, helped Guthrie claim a win despite not having his best stuff today. Saving runs with the glove and scoring them with the bat will be vital in games featuring Guthrie and Jason Vargas. These two starters are steady, but they shouldn’t be expected to post an ERA much better than the MLB average. This division could reasonably go down to the wire, so this means winning games the way they did today could be the factor that finally brings KC to the postseason. Doug LaCerte is a writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DLaC67, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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