The Kansas City Royals are in the midst of a 5-game winning streak that has them two games over .500.
After a horrendous weekend in Minnesota last weekend, it has been a great week of recovery in Houston and Kansas City this week. After sweeping Houston and being on the verge of sweeping Minnesota in Kansas City, the Royals are on the up and up.
On the past Monday, Kansas City had the worst record in the American League; by Friday, they held a tie with Detroit for first place in the Central division.
The 5-game win streak has been driven by a resurgence in the offense and bullpen, as well as continued dominance from the rotation.
Since Wade Davis blew the game in Minnesota last Sunday, the bullpen has thrown 14 scoreless innings straight.
The offense has averaged 5 runs a game the whole week. So far in 2014, the Royals are undefeated when scoring 4 or more runs in a game.
But how much should we read into this winning streak?
Of course, the Royals are doing all that we can as them to do. They are beating the bad teams that we expect them to beat in order to be a playoff team; and they are doing it in dominant fashion, I might add.
In my opinion, the bullpen we saw this week is here to stay. They had a sluggish first two weeks, but we owe them the benefit of the doubt after the type of stellar season they put on last year. From here on out, I don’t believe we will see too many slip-ups on their part.
Does this mean that the offense is out of their slump, too? I mean, they aren’t exactly stepping into the batter’s box to face All Star-level talent on the mound. They are facing two out of the four worst pitching staffs in Major League Baseball in Houston and Minnesota. That’s not good.
But is that all the Kansas City lineup needed? Did they need to face a week’s worth of bad pitchers to boost their confidence level at the plate?
It is hard to tell. However, as long as Kansas City keeps playing to this level for the remainder of the season, it is hard not to see them playing baseball in October.
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