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Kansas City Royals: Team finally back to winning ways

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Royals have a two-game winning streak after their series victory over the Chicago White Sox this past weekend. The boys in blue remain four and a half games behind in the Central and just half a game back of the Wild Card.

After a horrible week of baseball from the Kansas City Royals in which the team got swept by the Cardinals and then lost Game 1 against the White Sox, the boys in blue appear to be back on track. They took two out of three from Chicago this past weekend and hopefully this is just what the Royals needed to get back into the thick of things.

Sunday’s game was a much needed offensive affair, as the bullpen struggled yet again, surrendering three runs (though all given up by Kevin McCarthy when the Royals had a large lead). Every starting position player had a hit and the Royals put up a total of 14 runs off of 16 hits against the White Sox.

Offense hasn’t been the problem for the Royals during their losing streak though. The bullpen was horrendous during that time, blowing lead after lead and making all of us long for the days of H-D-H. Having an elite bullpen is definitely something that baseball fans take for granted and Royals fans are witnessing that now.

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While the chances of grabbing the division seem a little bleaker now, the Kansas City Royals absolutely are still in Wild Card contention, especially with the rest of the American League being painfully average as well.

The key moving forward is that the bullpen has to figure out their problems and start getting guys out. Surrendering grand slams ended up being the death for this bullpen in the Cardinals series and it was nice to finally see Kansas City get back-to-back wins.

We’ve all witnessed how streaky this Royals team is this season and hopefully these two victories will lead to another long winning streak for the boys in blue. If they can rattle off a bunch of wins and the Indians can go on a losing tear, then the KC Royals will be right back in contention for the division title.

At the end of the day, there’s still a lot of baseball to be played, but it’s more fun to watch and follow when the Kansas City Royals are playing well and winning games. Perhaps that Melky Cabrera home run on Saturday night is going to be the motivating factor in pushing these guys to the finish line, much like Raul Ibanez‘s speech in 2014 got that year’s squad to the playoffs and eventually the World Series.

What do you think? Can the Royals still win the division?