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Royally Yours: Week in Review

The Royals faced the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays last week and they had mixed results. The offense struggled all week and in the series with the Rays they only averaged two runs per game. The week was highlighted by a Royals record 16-strikeout performance by Danny Duffy against Tampa Bay.

Photo by: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Royals are in fourth in the American League Central. They are behind the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox. Their AL Central title hopes look slim. They are a little but closer in the Wild Card race. They are nine games out of a wild card birth.

 

A lot of the Royals struggles this year are because of their pitching performance. One player that has struggled this year in Joakim Soria. Since the all-star break Soria has a 10.57 ERA and opponents have a .429 batting average against him. Soria usually sets up the 8th inning for the closer and his struggles have prevented the Royals from winning in close games. The Royals bullpen, especially Soria, will need to improve for the Royals to be in the playoff hunt.

 

One Pitcher that has had an outstanding year for the Royals is Danny Duffy. He is the only Royals starting pitcher with a winning record. He is the team leader in strikeouts and ERA. Duffy was a third round pick in 2007 but struggled early in his career. He struggled with mound presence as a starter but found success as a reliever. This year he was made a starter because a lack of pitching depth. He has an 8-1 record this season and he has established himself as one of the Royals best pitchers.

 

The Royals have been plagued with injuries this season. Luke Hochevar underwent surgery this week to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. He will miss the remainder of the 2016 season. The Royals closer Wade Davis is also on the disabled list. He was diagnosed with a flexor strain. He will be able to return on August 12th.

 

The Royals will play two division rivals this week. Their first series will be at home against the White Sox. The White Sox are third in the American League Central. The Royals will need to win the series to try and overtake the White Sox for third in the American League Central. The Royals weekend series will be against the Twins in Minneapolis. The Twins are last in the American League Central. The Royals will have the opportunity this week to get some important wins against division opponents.

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