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Royally Yours: Week in Review

The Royals went 3-4 last week in their match-ups with the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. They won their weekend series with the Braves, which was their first series win in three weeks. The Royals offense is starting to click and their pitching did much better over the weekend.

Eric-Hosmer-Kansas-City-RoyalsEric Hosmer has been the one of the best players in the American League so far this season. He is tied for fourth in hits and fifth in batting average. He has a hit in 40 of 45 games this season which included an 18 game hitting streak which is the second longest this season.

Dillon Gee and Danny Duffy were moved into the starting rotation this week after Chris Young and Kris Medlen were put on the 15-day DL. Gee had a rough start against the Braves on Saturday giving up three earned runs in 5.1 innings. Duffy had a decent outing on Sunday pitching three scoreless innings. He was limited to 48 pitches but his first start of the season looked promising.

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US Cellular Field in Chicago.

The Royals are currently third in the American League Central behind the White Sox and Indians. They are below .500 on the season but have played very well at home. They have a 10-6 record at home and the Royals pitchers have a 3.41 home ERA vs. a 4.58 ERA on the road. However, the Royals opponent batting average is lower on the road than at home (.245 vs. .248). The Royals struggles on the road are largely because of their fly ball pitchers playing in small ballparks.

The Royals will face the Red Sox at home and the White Sox on the road this week. The Red Sox averaged over 10 runs per game in their seven game home stand this past week. It will be interesting to see if their hot streak continues against the Royals when they play in one of the largest parks in baseball. The Royals will face their division rival in Chicago this weekend. The Royals will have the opportunity to move up in the American League Central standings. Over the last two seasons the Royals have a 14-6 record at U.S Cellular Field. The Royals are not scheduled to face Chris Sale who currently has a MLB best 8 wins. It will be the perfect opportunity for the Royals to get important wins against the AL Central leader.

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