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Royally Yours: Week in Review

The Royals had mixed results last week. They swept their series at home against the Rays and were swept by the Indians in Cleveland. The Royals are 6-4 in their last ten games. Despite being swept over the weekend the Royals are still four games over .500.

 

Photo by Tony Dejak

Photo by Tony Dejak

The Royals slipped in the American League Central standings when they were swept by the Indians. They are currently one and a half games behind Cleveland and in second place in the Central. Division games are important and they can pull away from the White Sox if they have a good series over the weekend. The Royals will need to play well consistently against teams in the Central if they want to win the division again in 2016.

 

The Royals pitching has struggled lately and there does not seem to be a clear starting rotation. The Royals have given up five or more runs in seven of the last eleven games. When the Royals give up these many runs it is hard for the Royals to win consistently because it puts too much pressure on the offense. The Royals only have two starting pitchers with an ERA below 4.00. When the Royals struggle it is often because of the pitching. The Royals pitching staff will need to become more consistent for the Royals to be one of the best teams in the American League.

Photo by: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Royals made several roster moves last week. Rookie Brett Eibner was placed on the disabled list due to a left ankle sprain. He will likely return in mid-June. The Royals sent down pitcher Dillon Gee to AAA and recalled Peter Moylan. The Royals also called up outfielder Reymond Fuentes. The Royals have suffered a lot of injuries recently and many young players are getting experience, which could be valuable to the Royals if they make another playoff run in 2016.Eric-Hosmer-Kansas-City-Royals

 

The American League All-Star vote totals were released and if the voting remains the same the Royals will have three starters in San Diego. Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez would start at their respective positions. Perez leads the American League with the most votes. Just like last year there have been allegations of Royals fans stuffing the ballot box.MLB: OCT 24 World Series - Royals at Giants - Game 3

 

The Royals will continue their road trip next week when they play the Orioles and White Sox. The Orioles are currently second in the American League East. The Royals will face Chris Tillman on Wednesday who has a 7-1 record and has been the Orioles best pitcher this season. The Royals weekend series will be in Chicago against the White Sox. The White Sox are in third in the American League Central behind the Indians and Royals. The Royals are scheduled to face James Shields on Sunday. Shields spent two seasons with the Royals. While with the Royals in 2014 he lost both of his World Series starts. He has struggled in 2016 with a 4.28 ERA and a 2-7 record. It should be interesting when the Royals face their former ace.

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