The Kansas City Royals had a rough week, going 2-5 and not looking very good in their losses. Thursday night’s 16-4 debacle was the worst part of the week for Kansas City, but losing one run games to Detroit and Tampa Bay also hurt a lot. The Royals finish their series with Detroit before getting some much needed time off for the All-Star break.
Player of the Week
Eric Hosmer: .429/.500/.786
Please let Eric Hosmer be fixed. He has a nice 11 game hitting streak going. What’s more promising is that he’s finally started to drive the ball with some authority. He was collecting a lot of seeing eye singles at the beginning of his hitting streak, but those seem to have boosted his confidence. The Royals will need a productive Hosmer if they’re going to make a run.
Omar Infante: .500/.520/.542
This recent hot streak has put Infante’s offensive production this year in line with his career averages. Still, don’t be surprised if you see a little more power from Infante down the stretch. It’s completely possible that Infante will end the season with over 10 home runs, which would be a welcome sight from the second base position.
Play of the Week
An absolutely huge play for the Royals. We could still be talking about this home run in September if the Royals are holding a slim lead over another team for a playoff berth.
Watching Salvador Perez for the next several years is going to be an absolute treat. He’s already been so great and watching his progress will be a lot of fun.
All Star Edition Notes
- The Royals will, in fact, send three representatives to the All-Star game for the second consecutive year. Greg Holland, Alex Gordon, and Perez will all be making their second consecutive appearance. I’d be surprised if this is the last all star game for any of them.
- Seeing John Ferrell pick Perez to replace Matt Wieters as the starter was really cool. Ferrell could’ve easily gone with the hometown player in Kurt Suzuki, but elected to go with the more valuable player instead. Seeing Ferrell take the game seriously, even if the Red Sox aren’t in the hunt this year, helps lend some credibility to the event.
- The All Star Break couldn’t have come at a better time for the Royals. Kansas city really needs some time to rest and recover in order to make a push in the second half.
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