Losses for the Kansas City Royals this year have been gut-wrenching, but there’s something to be said about losing in that manner. The recent defeats sting specifically because they mostly come in close games. The Royals’ wins, including today’s 7-3 trouncing of the Tampa Bay Rays to win this series in its final game, have often been less than competitive. When KC looks good, they look really good.
In three consecutive games, KC’s starters have given them at least seven innings and allowed one run or less. Excellent outings from Jeremy Guthrie, Jason Vargas (twice) and Yordano Ventura gave KC’s offense time to heat up, which finally culminated in today’s seven-run performance. Royals fans have seen quality starts from their starters in seven of the eight games this year, and the starting rotation ERA of 1.86 is the American League‘s best.
Today, for arguably the second time this season, fans witnessed KC running on all cylinders. Aside from a bumbling performance from Kelvin Herrera that allowed two runs in the ninth, the Royals saw success from the starters, the bullpen, the defense (specifically the human-highlight-reel Alcides Escobar), and the slowly emerging lineup. Despite only returning to .500 today, nearly the entire roster now moves forward with some well-earned confidence.
Of the Royals’ four losses, three came in one-run games, but KC won by two or more runs in three of their four wins. The Royals need to show their best with more consistency if they want to play relevant baseball in autumn, but this glimpse at their good side is enough to justify pasty hype and future hope.