KC Royals: Missouri Teams Take Top Two Spots In Power Rankings


The KC Royals found their groove after a rough slump and have now skyrocketed back into the top five of Fansided.com’s weekly MLB power rankings. Kyle Franzoni writes up the rankings each week and here is what he had to say about our beloved Royals,

"The Royals are getting dogged in the media about the All-Star ballot, especially when it comes to Omar Infante. Funny thing is that Infante could find his way out of a job soon if he doesn’t start hitting, as the Royals absolutely need better production than their current .227/.247/.307 mark from the team’s second baseman."

We’ve all heard about how the Kansas City Royals have dominated the All-Star Game voting, and all of that can be attributed to the fans here. Kansas City loves their Royals and they’re finally being rewarded for years of following a horrible team.

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  • All of that aside though, the KC Royals have bounced back after a rough outing against the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers (both at Kauffman Stadium) by sweeping the Minnesota Twins on their home turf and now sweeping the Milwaukee Brewers in a four-game set. In between those series came two losses against the St. Louis Cardinals, who for what it’s worth, are ranked first on the power rankings  despite an FBI investigation surrounding the team at the moment (Source of link: Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times).

    This next week might prove to be a challenge for the Royals, as three of their original five starting pitchers are on the disabled list. Danny Duffy is currently on his rehab assignment, Jason Vargas was placed on the DL last week, and Yordano Ventura joined him on Thursday. The Royals lucked out with Chris Young being as dominant as he has been (6-2, 1.98 ERA in eight starts and 14 games total) and Joe Blanton coming through when the team needed him (one run allowed against the Brewers on Wednesday in five innings pitched).

    If the Kansas City Royals’ bats can come alive during this absence of starting pitchers, the boys in blue should fare just fine. If another slump occurs, it could be a rough few weeks in Kansas City.

    As for the rest of the rankings, I mentioned that the Cardinals took the top spot, the Royals are obviously ranked second, then comes the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Houston Astros to round out the top five. The Pirates are only four games back from the Cardinals in the National League Central, which is surprising considering it looked like the Cardinals might run away with that division.

    As all baseball fans should keep in mind though, it’s a long season, and we aren’t even at the half way point yet.

    Keep on keeping on Royals.

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