The weekend was a success for the Royals. Sporting, however, could have done better.
The Morning Monitor email and post are changing just a little. I am no longer publishing these on Saturday and Sunday. I’m doing this for a couple of reasons. First, it gives me a little bit of a break and lets me re-energize. Writing and podcasting throughout the week takes a lot of time. I love it. But I need a little bit of a weekend.
And second, I want to have time on the weekend to work on other things for our members. I am still working on the Royals Monitor. It is a newsletter all about the Royals. I need more time on the weekend to work on this. I also want to get back to recording some videos. The weekend provides the best time for this.
I expect the Royals Monitor to start sometime in late May. I was hoping to start it with the start of the season, but with a son playing his senior year school baseball, I don’t have the time for it yet. I’m not missing my son’s baseball games. By the way, he is tearing it up on the mound this year.
So that’s where things stand right now. By cutting back the Morning Monitor to just weekdays, I hope that each one will be a little bit better.
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Kansas City Royals 6, Detroit Tigers 2 (Game Review)
Sporting Kansas City 1, Orlando City SC 1 (Game Review)
Kansas City Royals 2, Detroit Tigers 1 (Game Review)
Kansas City Royals 4, Detroit Tigers 0 (Game Review)
12:10pm – MLB – Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers (BSKC)
Are The Royals For Real?
Four wins in a row. Three wins in the first three games of a wrap-around series in Detroit. Six games over .500. A game and a half in front of second place in the division. Best record in the American League. Second-best record in all of baseball. Yes, it’s the Royals. Can you believe it?
Are the Royals for real? It’s too early to say that. Personally, I’m still not buying them as a division winner or even a wild card team. I’m not negative. I’m realistic.
The Royals are 13-7 with a run differential of +3. That doesn’t make sense. A +3 run differential should mean they are closer to 10-10, maybe 11-9. That doesn’t mean they can’t make the playoffs. It’s just unusual to be where they are right now. The Chicago White Sox are 12-9 with a run differential of +21. I find it hard to believe that the Royals are going to hold off the White Sox.
Of course, things could change. The Royals could get hot on offense and change that run differential. And their first two games against Texas hurt the run differential but were still wins.
If Danny Duffy and Brady Singer continue to pitch the way they have been pitching, and if Brad Keller gets back to being the pitcher, we know he can be, and Mike Minor holds his own, and Jakob Junis isn’t awful, then sure, the Royals have a chance. And if Salvador Perez can keep coming up with big hits and Nicky Lopez continues to get on base, then sure, the Royals have a chance.
But watch the Dodgers and Padres. The Royals are no match for those teams. The good news is that those teams are not in the American League Central or even the American League. Is there any team in the American League the Royals can’t play with? I would have said the Tampa Bay Rays until the surprising win last Wednesday. But I don’t think there is a team in the American League as good as the Dodgers. There isn’t a team in the National League as good as the Dodgers.
So, the Royals have a chance. I will not make any judgments until Memorial Day, but I have a hard time right now thinking the Royals will hang in the race. I have my fingers crossed, though. I’m hoping they can do it.
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