All in all, it’s safe to say it’s been a good week for the Kansas City Royals. They won a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox before losing two of the best teams in Major League Baseball, Los Angeles to the Dodgers.
There were many positives to take away from the week, along with some negatives. let’s start.
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Brady Singer Remains Dominant
The Brady Singer pitched twice in the past week, allowing a total of one earned run in both games, including shutouts against the Dodgers, to end LA’s 12-game winning streak. Singer has been Kansas City’s most impressive pitcher since the All-Star break and comes close.
In two starts this week, Singer struck out a combined 13 hitters. He didn’t walk any of the opponents he faced against the Whites against the Sox, and against the Dodgers he walked three, but he allowed only one hit in his aforementioned six innings.
Singer’s impressive performance, along with a 3.29 all-year ERA, gives the organization and fans hope for the future.
Vinny Pascantino shows off his power
In Game 1 of a doubleheader against the White Sox, Vinny Pascantino hit a home run to lead the Royals to victory.
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Pasquantino also hit a home run in Game 2 of the doubleheader, providing Royals fans with talk of the game despite the loss. He then hit another home run in Game 4 of the series.
The Pure Strength Week Show Continued As Pascantino Also He hit a home run late in the game to close out the Dodgers Series with a win. His raw power will go a long way in helping the Royals move forward.
Other young Royals continue to stand out
MJ Melendez stayed hot early in the week with a 3-for-4 effort and a go-ahead home run in a win over the White Sox. Michael Massey scored big hits in both series. Nick Pratt started the week with a walk-off home run in Game 1 of the doubleheader against the White Sox.
Brent Rooker makes Royals debut
Brent Rooker made his Royals debut Saturday night against the Dodgers. His performance was one of his only bright spots in the heavy defeat. In his first at-bat, he was hit by a pitch. He then went 2-for-3 with a single and a double on the day. He also made a good impression on defense. The Royals’ trade return for Cam Gallagher is already adding value to the club on a part-time basis.
Daniel Lynch escapes, Brad Keller upset
Daniel Lynch had an impressive outing against the red-hot Dodgers. Lynch also came out of a no-out bases-loaded jam in the final inning, attracting much attention.
Brad Keller’s game against the Dodgers didn’t go well. He allowed eight earned runs in three innings. After getting off to a good start against the Reds against his Sox last week in Boston, many wanted to see much more positive than what Keller gave this time around.
The Royals have played .500 baseball in the past two months. 500 in 20 games by his mid-August due to their lousy start, which many expected heading into the year. This team still has a long way to go, but it’s exciting to see what the young people are doing.
The Royals begin their 7-game road trip in a 3-game series with the Minnesota Twins. The expected starters are Chris Bubic of the Royals and Joe Ryan of the Twins. After the Twins series, the Royals will face the Tampa Bay Rays in a four-game set to close out the week.