The Kansas City Royals had a roller coaster week, ending on a high note with an exciting win over Cleveland and a four game winning streak. The Royals finish their series with Cleveland before hosting the Twins. Kansas City then goes to Oakland for a three game series with the A’s.
Player of the Week
Mike Moustakas: .333/.391/.810 3HR
Moose had a monster week and now leads the Royals in home runs. He’s been much better since being called up from Omaha, hitting .243/.301/.471 in the 42 games since. The on base percentage could use a little work, but if Moose continues to hit home runs then pitchers should start to work around him
Danny Duffy: 13 2/3 IP 1ER 9K
Danny was brilliant against Cleveland, keeping the Royals in the game while Corey Kluber shut down Kansas City’s offense. His start against Boston wasn’t too shabby either, though the Royals lost that game.
Play of the Week
Wow, that ball was crushed. Billy Butler‘s fourth home run of the season came at a huge time for the Royals as Thursday night’s 14 inning affair had depleted Kansas City’s bullpen.
Although Nori Aoki‘s go ahead hit against the White Sox didn’t count as an RBI, this is the second time this week that Aoki has come up in the clutch. Seeing a couple disappointing players in Butler and Aoki come up in big situations this week is encouraging.
- It will be interesting to see what the Royals do at the deadline. With 5 days to go, Kansas City’s biggest move has been the acquisition of Jason Frasor from Texas. The problem is that the Royals are just good enough to not need much in the way of upgrades, but not good enough to seriously compete. Kansas City’s main weakness is the offense, but the market doesn’t really have a big bat that would be an upgrade for Kansas City.
- The Royals have a couple tough series with Oakland coming up, but have a very manageable schedule from here until September.
- Kansas City has 61 games left and will probably need to win at least 37 of those games to make a playoff spot. That’s a 37-24 record. If the Royals don’t have the ability to go 37-24 over a stretch, they probably don’t deserve to go to the postseason, anyway.
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