The Kansas City Royals: The Good, the Average and the Ugly

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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jason  Vargas (51) Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports


With the Kansas City Royals defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Monday night, they have now won three out of their last four games and have moved to 3-3 on the season. The season is very young, but we’ve learned a few key things about this team so far.

Let’s first take a look at what’s been good so far through six games for the 2014 Royals. Here are some of my observations.

The Good: The Rotation

With the exception of right handed phenom Yordano Ventura, who is set to make his season debut against the Rays today, the rotation for the Royals has been quite impressive. It’s a small sample size, but I have a lot more confidence in the rotation now, than I did a couple weeks ago as spring training was wrapping up.

One pitcher in particular, Jason Vargas, whom the Royals acquired in free agency has been lights out so far in his two starts. The Royals couldn’t give him any run support against Detroit in his first outing, but on Monday night they came through for him, and helped secure his first win as a Royal beating the Rays 4-2.

Vargas has some stellar numbers right now, with a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings of work. I’m now accustomed to watching James Shields give one quality start after another, he just can’t seem to get any run support.  But as it stands now, I couldn’t be happier with what I’m seeing from this starting pitching staff.

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