On Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals took down the Colorado Rockies by a score of 5-1. The Royals have bounced back after starting May with five losses to bring their record to 19-19. That’s still six games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central, but right in the mix of about 10 Wild Card hopefuls in the American League with records hovering around .500.
Obviously a few teams are going to separate from the pack eventually. Kansas City can be one of those teams if the bats can keep hitting for power. Three of the Royals’ five runs in Tuesday’s win were courtesy of home runs from Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez.
In the team’s previous 9-7 victory over the San Diego Padres on Mother’s Day, Alcides Escobar and Johnny Giavotella provided seven runs with a grand slam, and three-run shot respectively. Power was Kansas City’s most glaring weakness in 2013, and has been again this season. Even with their last two performances, the Royals are still last in the league with 18 home runs.
A full 13 teams have double that amount. If the Royals can turn their power around, you would have to consider them a good bet to make the playoffs. Kansas City is now 10-4 when hitting one out of the park, and 9-15 when they don’t. The Royals have solid pitching and defense. If the bats can carry their weight the way they have recently, Kansas City fans could be in for their first playoff experience in almost 30 years.