Kansas City Royals Ranked Second Best In MLB


The Kansas City Royals haven’t backed down after so much has occurred this season, and they’ve leapfrogged to the second spot in Fansided.com’s weekly MLB power rankings. Kyle Franzoni of Fansided.com had the Royals at number four last week, but he bumped them up due to the amazing bullpen.

"Baseball’s best bullpen just got better with the return of Greg Holland. It was perfect timing too, with Kelvin Herrera serving his six-game suspension. The way the Royals come out of this stretch of suspensions will cement their standing as a new power in the game. Ideally, you’d like to see the Royals getting some better contributions from its rotation, but when you can shorten the game with that bullpen, it may not even be a necessity."

Yeah, the bullpen is great, we all know that. The starting rotation, however, is worrisome and has certainly hurt the Royals in the past few weeks. Yordano Ventura doesn’t look like an ace at all, and Danny Duffy has been pathetic in his last two starts. Not to mention Jason Vargas hit the disabled list shortly after pitching his best game of the season.

Franzoni is right though. This bullpen is great. Sadly they’ve been used a lot more frequently than fans would like though due to the struggles of the starting rotation. Hopefully the starters can get their command back because otherwise it will be a long season for the Royals.

The state of Missouri holds the top two spots in the power rankings, as the St. Louis Cardinals were put at number one. The Cardinals have terrific pitching all around and their bats have been heating up, but they are facing one of the easiest schedules at the moment.

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The rest of the top five is rounded out by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the state of New York (Mets at fourth and Yankees at fifth).

As for the rest of the American League Central, the Detroit Tigers came in seventh and Franzoni noted that Shane Greene and Anibal Sanchez have struggled and the team will have to improve to keep up with Kansas City.

The Minnesota Twins have surprised everyone by turning things around and posing a winning record. They’re ranked 12th. The Chicago White Sox sit at 25th and the Cleveland Indians are ranked 28th (the third worst team in the league).

Do you agree with the Kansas City Royals sitting at number two in the power rankings?

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