Althought the Kansas City Royals’ winning streak came to an end, the Royals still had a tremendous week, going 5-2 and seizing first place in the AL Central from the Detroit Tigers. The Royals only face last place teams this week, finishing their series at Minnesota, before going to Colorado and Texas.
Player of the Week
Nori Aoki: .429/.478/.571
Aoki has been on fire recently, setting the table and driving runs in. His recent emergence in the number one spot has been a huge factor in the Royals recent success. This past week has done much to right his early season struggles and he’s made quite a few nice plays on defense as well.
Jason Vargas: 9IP 0ER 0BB 4K 3H
Vargas was nothing short of sensational against Oakland on Wednesday. He kept the A’s off balance and helped preserve the bullpen, which is so important in a playoff race.
Alex Gordon: .391/.440/.522
Gordon started the week by hitting a homer on his bobblehead night and continued his strong play, culminating with a two hit night in a 4-1 loss to the Twins on Saturday. Combined with his usual excellent defense, Gordon’s play shows why he’s the Royals’ best player.
Play of the Week
While this is not technically a play, it was nevertheless the biggest part of the Royals week, which garners it the spot here. Vargas was super efficient, setting down the last 23 batters and throwing fewer than 100 pitches in the shutout.
Though the timing of this play wasn’t particularly important, it came in KC’s blowout loss to Oakland, it was impressive nevertheless.
- The Tigers have a considerably harder schedule than the Royals for the remainder of the season. While KC gets a bunch of games versus last place teams, Detroit has to finish their series against Seattle before traveling to St. Petersburg to face the red hot Rays.
- Postseason ticket prices have been sent to Kansas City Royals season ticket holders. The pricing guide can be found here.
- With the way Detroit it playing, it’s a distinct possibility that 90 wins could take the division. Kansas City is currently on pace for 89 wins, and they’d only need to finish 23-17 to reach 90. Given their schedule, seeing the Royals end up in the 91-93 win range wouldn’t be surprising.