Kansas City Royals: Growing Up Before Our Eyes

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Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis (17) Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Finally, there is the pitching. As a team, the Royals currently rank 4th in the AL in team ERA with a 3.64 mark. In truth, those numbers include a number of recent sub-par performances from the middle and long relief corps who are not part of the Royals’ late inning “triumvirate of death” consisting of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland.

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In games where those three take over a game beginning in the 7th inning, the Royals are nearly unbeatable. They have converted a league best 42 of 46 saves this season and the Royals own a league best 58-8 win-loss record in games where they score 4 or more runs. That tells you all you need to know about the bullpen.

The starting pitching was a bit of a mystery entering the season. The Royals really needed youngsters like Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura to blossom this season, and boy have they ever. While staff ace James Shields continues to pitch like a staff ace, Duffy and Ventura are having truly remarkable years.

They lead the team in ERA at 2.56 and 3.17 respectively and have pitched well enough to give the Royals a chance to win in almost every start they’ve had. Ventura may even have a shot at Rookie of the Year if he can continue to perform like he has thus far.