Kansas City Royals: Growing Up Before Our Eyes

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Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Vargas (51) Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps the most under-rated signing in the league this off-season has turned out to be the signing of Jason Vargas.  A.500 pitcher throughout his career, Vargas is having his best season ever behind a stellar defense and in a ballpark more suited to his talents.  Even in yesterday’s loss to Texas, Vargas struggled but still only gave up 2 earned runs in 6 innings.

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  • The Vargas signing may in fact end up being Moore’s best personnel move of the year in that Vargas has not only replaced Ervin Santana’s very successful 2013 performance, he’s surpassed it.

    At 10-5 with a 3.17 ERA, not only has Vargas shined as a staple of the rotation, but he’s provided the Royals with an unexpected level of stability that’s required in order to compete for a championship.

    All told, this Royals squad would appear to have finally figured it out.  It seems that after a 28 year post-season drought, the Royals are an overnight success.

    Time will tell if they can do it, but the way they win games coupled with the newly found consistency with which they are performing, would seem to indicate they may not be as susceptible to the streaky nature they displayed earlier in the year, typically a sign of a young team still looking for an identity and learning what it takes to win.

    They have grown up right before our very eyes and I for one think this is finally the year they return to the post-season. Here’s hoping they can pull it off!  Go Royals!