Kansas City Royals: Keys To Their Perfect Start

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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (30) – Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals have now played a full week of baseball, and are the only team in Major League Baseball to remain undefeated. That’s right. Our beloved Royals are sitting at 7-0 after Opening Week, and look better than they did during their incredible 2014 postseason run. It’s almost as if no time between October and April had passed.

It’s been a lot of fun watching these Royals throughout the past week, and it’s been even more fun watching them keep winning.

So what exactly is keeping these Royals so hot? Let’s take a look!

5) Starting Rotation

For the first time in a long time, Kansas City Royals fans are confident with their entire starting rotation. Yes, a few suffered some slumps last year, but what pitcher in the major leagues doesn’t? So far, the starting pitchers for the Royals have been terrific.

Initially, let’s look at how many runs the Royals’ opponents have scored in the first seven games. The White Sox had seven runs in three games against Kansas City, the Angels had eight runs in a three-game series, and the Twins had three in one game (there are still two to go).

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Yordano Ventura has only allowed three runs in his two starts and has shown why he is the ace of this team. Yes, his stare down with Mike Trout might have been a little unnecessary, but Ventura is 24 years old. He’s allowed to be immature. Plus, hey, he’s got some fire in him, which is awesome to see.

Danny Duffy has given up a few more runs than Ventura (eight in two starts), but he’s been able to bounce back after giving up early inning runs. It’s good to see Duffy settle down a bit after getting knocked around early on.

The other three starters have only pitched once so far this season and have given up a combined seven runs. Edinson Volquez went eight innings last week against the Sox and gave up ONE run. That’s awesome. Jason Vargas gave up two runs against his former team, and Jeremy Guthrie, while giving up more runs than the others, was able to give the team a solid seven innings.

This is a legitimate group of starting pitchers, and I can’t wait to see what else they can do down the stretch.

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