It’s a battle of the bests this weekend, as the first place Royals take on the first place Cardinals in another I-70 Series showdown, this time in St. Louis. The Royals walked away victors in the first series last month, taking two out of the three games. The Cardinals will be looking for revenge this time around, but the Royals are on a four game win streak and just swept the Minnesota Twins.
I don’t put a lot of value into momentum, but this time I am. As I mentioned, the Royals just swept the Twins and are turning things around after a pretty ugly slump, both offensively and defensively. A trip to the Twin Cities came at just the right time, as they managed to create some separation in the standings, and do have at least a little room for error this weekend. Continue reading
*Disclaimer: I wrote this on a plane ride to Florida, so it may or may not be very accurate, and/or very insightful. But hey, I had to give you something.
Just when we thought the Royals were going to cruise through the rest of May, they veered off the side of the road and right into a ditch. While trying to pull themselves out, the Minnesota Twins were speeding by, and have found themselves in first place, leaving the Royals 0.5 GB.
The Royals finished May with a horrendous road trip, getting swept by the Yankees and splitting a rain shortened two game series with the Cubs. The postponed game will by played the last week of the season, so let’s hope the Royals are playing a little better by then.
I’m typing this while listening to a French vinyl record, so we’ll see how it comes out. I promise it’s Sunday, but this won’t be published until Monday. I missed last week’s edition for reasons I don’t recall, but hey, I can’t always be perfect.
For this week’s wrap, I’ll be taking a look solely at the AL Central and the current standings. As exciting as that sounds, it probably won’t be. I still don’t know how I’m going to structure this, but hey, just play along with me. Alas, I begin.
The Detroit Tigers are coming to town this week, as the Royals have a chance to overtake first place in the Central. It’s the first matchup between the two, and could end up being a pivotal early series to start the month of May. The Royals are coming off a series win in Cleveland, so hopefully they can bring some momentum into the series.
The Royals won’t have Edinson Volquez, who chose to forgo an appeal to serve his five game suspension. Volquez would have started on Friday, but it will be Chris Young replacing him. We’ve only seen small outings from Young this year, but he’s fared decently well, with a 1-0 record and 1.86 ERA.
Alright, enough chatter, let’s break down the series.
Almost a month into the regular season, and the Royals are 12-6, a half game behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. Of course, they could be at least tied for first had they not s**t the bed this weekend in Chicago for a rainy, brawl-filled series. They travel to Cleveland to begin a three game series tomorrow before returning to Kauffman to take on the Tigers for the first time this year on Thursday.
It was more suspensions for the Royals this week, as Yordano Ventura got 7, Edinson Volquez got 5, and Kelvin Herrera and Lorenzo Cain each got 2. Herrera’s 2 games are on top of the five that he was suspended for throwing at Athletics’ Brett Lawrie last week. That will mean a missed start for both Ventura and Volquez, and 2 nights of lost offensive production. Of course, all players will be appealing their suspensions, so there is hope that maybe Cain can get his reduced to just a fine.