We reach the end of July today, and while we should eagerly look forward to August, let’s first look at how the Kansas City Royals fared through this tumultuous month. Pitching is supposed to be what will keep KC in the hunt long into the dog days of summer, but this month brought some harrowing dearths in productivity. Like much of the Royals’ season thus far, their pitching stats in July were up-and-down.
KC’s relievers experienced mostly impressive success throughout the month, to the point where the Royals’ feared closer was partially overshadowed by the excellence of others. Greg Holland‘s 1.13 ERA is actually just the Royals’ fourth-lowest ERA in July, as Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera and Jason Frasor all have unblemished ERAs this month (tonight’s surely jinxed game notwithstanding). Their 3.68 team ERA on the month is 16th in the league, but it is also right on par for their 3.69 team ERA on the season, which ranks 13th. Jason Vargas led all KC starters with a 1.47 July ERA.
It was not all positive for KC’s pitching staff in July, sadly. Only eight more teams in MLB allowed more HR to opposing batters in July, and only eight teams allowed a higher opposed batting average than KC’s .263. Just three teams allowed more walks than KC. Considering where they’re headed next, this could quickly turn into a season-threatening problem. Eight teams may sound like a lot of teams to beat out statistically, but the Royals won’t stay in the playoff hunt for much longer without being way better than below average in these categories.