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Pitching Has the Royals Streaking

June 18, 2013

I have been a Royals fan since I was 9 years old.  October of 1980.  That was when Kansas City made their 1st ever World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.  I was 2 months away from my 10th birthday.  My brother Adam picked the Phillies and I took the Royals.  We have been fans ever since.

Kansas City lost that series 4 games to 2.  The late Tug McGraw struck out Willie Wilson for the final out to give the Phillies their 1st ever World Championship.  Fortuantely the Royals would get back 5 years later and be the “comeback kids” in beating Toronto 4 games to 3 and St Louis 4 games to 3 to win their only World Championship to date.  They trailed both the ALCS and WS 3-1.

I was a freshman in high school at East High School in Des Moines, Iowa when KC became the KINGS of MLB.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think that would be their last playoff appearance to date.  The Royals were the class of the old AL West back in the day.  Winning division titles in 76, 77, 78, 80, 84 and 85.

I’m writing this blog because KC beat the Indians Monday night in Cleveland 2-1.  They are currently 34-34.  Right now my Royals are in the middle of a hot streak to get back to the 500 mark.  They have not been 500 this late in the season since 2003 and it’s just the third time since 1994.  After suffering through a 4-19 mark in May to drop to 23-32, KC has rattled off 11 wins in their last 13 games to get back even.  An impressive run.  The pitching has been outstanding.   They are #1 in the AL in ERA at 3.35.  Their bullpen is also #1 at 2.63.  The pen has allowed just 2 earned runs in their last 35.2 innings.  The pitching staff has also rattled off allowing 3 runs or less in 15 of their last 16 games.  They are 12-4 in that stretch.

Dayton Moore went out and got James Shields from the Rays in the offseason.  As part of the deal, KC let their best prospect go.  Wil Myers.  I admit at first blink I was a bit upset.  But the Royals made a bold move and played to win NOW.  KC has had a stocked minor league system for last few years and has had nothing to show for it.  So I applauded Mr Moore for pulling that trigger.  Despite is 2-6 record, Shields has been brilliant.  His ERA is 2.72.  95 strikeouts to 30 walks in 106 innings.  His WHIP (Walks/Hits per innings pitched) is 1.12.  He is a gamer and I am glad he throws for my team.

The offense has struggled and continues to find their way.  But they seem lately to have the knack to score late pull things out of the fire.  Again the pitching is to thank for that.  Ervin Santana came over from the Angels in a trade and has also been outstanding (5-5, 2.74 71 K 13 BB 92 IP).  Throw in Jeremy Guthrie (7-4 3.72) and Luis Mendoza (2-3 4.23) and KC has a very solid 1-4 punch.

June ERA to date:  1.75.  That is #1 in MLB.

It’s been a tough but fun climb to get back to the 500 mark.  Here’s hoping the Royals can make a run to the playoffs this year.  They trail the first place Tigers by just 5 games.

Go Royals!

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(This is me pointing to the “Royals Legacy Brick” I purchased last offseason that is permanently at Kauffman Stadium- Yeah I Am a true BLUE fan).

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2 Comments
  1. George Davison permalink

    Back in the day the Royals did it the old fashioned way with talent grown in its farm system and great scouting to find good, solid prospects. Solid starting pitching, a good bull pen, speed at most positions, and players who loved the game, the team and the town made for great teams. Hopefully, the Royals can return to those days, and can keep the good players.

  2. Yep. Well said George.

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