The Kansas City Royals face off against the Cleveland Indians tonight in Game 3 of a four-game series at Progressive Field. The Royals found steady success over the last couple weeks, and despite what grumpy Royals fans will tell you, all facets of the team seem to be heating up. Perhaps no better example can be found than the recent heroics from the constantly derided Mike Moustakas.
The Moose was loose last night in Cleveland, and his three-run bomb in the fourth gave the Royals and their ace James Shields a sizable early lead that translated to a blowout victory. This is Moustakas’ third homer, which leads the team, and sixth extra-base hit of the season. Fans in KC can only hope that these glimpses of power are a hint at what’s to come.
Moose isn’t alone in his newly found success at the plate. Billy Butler connected for a long double, giving him his first legit extra-base hit of the season last night, and batting averages through the rest of the lineup are greatly improved. Four everyday Royals starters are now batting above .290, which goes a long way toward explaining KC’s recent success.
KC averaged 2.91 runs scored per game through the first 11 games of the season, but they have brought that average up to 4.88 through the last eight. Over that stretch the team is 6-2, which is no surprise when you also consider that Royals’ pitching has struck out at least 10 in six out of those eight games. The whole team stepped up or shook something off or whatever, and now they’re playing consistent winning baseball. Whatever they did on that off-day, Apr. 14, should be repeated every single off-day for the rest of forever.