An All-Star Break shortened week leads to a shortened version of this Kansas City Royals weekly recap. The Royals went 1-2 this week, losing in frustrating fashion to Boston on Friday.
The Royals finish their series with the Red Sox before traveling to Chicago to play the White Sox. Afterwards, the Royals host Cleveland for four games
Player of the Week
Eric Hosmer: .385/.385/.538
A shortened week and a nice game against Boston helped Hosmer collect his second straight player of the week award. His season line has been gradually creeping back to respectability, which is something the Kansas City Royals need if they hope to make any noise in the second half of the season.
Play of the Week
The go-ahead hit from the Royals’ only win of the week was pretty exciting. It seemed like the Tigers were going to sweep Kansas City before the Royals unexpectedly put up five runs in the seventh.
- Alex Gordon appears to be healthy again, picking up two hits against Boston in a losing effort. Let’s just hope that Gordon can stop sliding head first for a little while and give his wrist some time to fully heal. Wrist injuries are tricky things, especially with baseball players.
- The Kansas City Royals defense played unusually bad against Boston, allowing an unearned run and dropping what seemed to be two catchable balls in Boston’s four run inning (to be fair, Gordon’s was more a failure to make a spectacular play that we’d typically see out of him.) Really, the whole game was bad; The Royals failed to bring in a runner from third with less than two outs three times and gave up a home run to Jonny Gomes whose slugging was around .350 before that homer.
- Despite the loss to the Red Sox, the Royals still have a favorable schedule and plenty of time to make up ground. A Cleveland win means that the Kansas City Royals are currently tied for second place in the AL Central.