The Royals bounced back from a bad loss on Friday and evened the series in Minnesota with an 11-3 win.
Big Picture: The win keeps the Royals 1 1/2 games ahead of those pesky Chicago White Sox who are also on a roll. Both the Royals and White Sox are 7-3 in their last ten games. The White Sox are in town next weekend to battle it out at The K.
Notes: LHP Kris Bubic was recalled from the alternate training site. 1B Ryan McBroom was optioned to the alternate site… RHP Kyle Zimmer was placed on the 10-day injured list because of a left trap strain… RHP Jake Newberry was recalled from the alternate training site…
Duffy Dominated: Danny Duffy continues to be outstanding. Without checking on the rest of the league, I can’t imagine another pitcher having done much better than Duffy. The only problem with Duffy before Saturday was his limited innings. Saturday’s win in Minnesota was his first game in which he pitched more than six innings. Saturday, he gave the club seven innings.
So what’s my current thought on trading Duffy? For a couple of years, my thought has been to trade him if he got on any roll because he lacks consistency over the long haul. I still believe that. Here is the problem. If Dayton Moore were to trade Danny Duffy right now, he would deflate the club. They would start to question if he really wants to win like he says he does.
The problem is that Danny Duffy seems to only pitch great in a contract year. That’s what he is facing this year. He is a free agent after the season. So, if I were to be named the Royals general manager today, the decision would be an easy one. I would hold off and see where the club is at when the trading deadline comes around. If they have fallen on their face and are out of contention, then Duffy gets traded. If the club is still fighting for a playoff spot, Duffy finishes the season with the club, and I make him a qualifying offer after the season and take the draft pick I get in return for him signing with another club.
Ideally, I would not have Duffy on this team any longer. The Royals might have lost their best chance to get top value for him. If Dayton Moore did trade him at the trade deadline this year with the Royals in contention, he would take a lot of heat, but it wouldn’t be coming from me. But that’s not going to happen. They cannot re-sign him, though. That doesn’t mean that they won’t.
Early Leads Are Good: The Royals jumped on top in the first inning when Salvador Perez doubled in Carlos Santana. Jorge Soler then hit a sacrifice fly that scored Perez. The Royals needed a good start after losing big Friday night, and they got it.
It feels like any game in which the Royals have been blown out this season, they score early and often the following game. They lost to the Angels 10-3 on a Monday and scored in the first inning on Tuesday. They ended up scoring just three in that game, but they won. They lost to the Rays 14-7 on a Tuesday and then gave up four to the Rays in the first inning of the next game. This isn’t going the way I had remembered. And then Friday, they lost to the Twins 9-1 and then scored two in the first on Saturday on their way to an 11-3 win.
So my memory isn’t at all correct with this. However, the Royals have won the game after each big loss. Recency bias is messing with my mind, but I am right to feel good that the Royals do win after being beaten badly.
Santana, Perez, and Runs Will Follow: Carlos Santana scored on a Salvador Perez double in the first inning. Then, in the third inning, Santana singled to bring Salvy to the plate again with him on with two outs. This time Salvy homered to center, and the Royals were up 4-0.
Five Run Fourth Blows It Open: With a 4-0 lead entering the fourth inning, Ryan O’Hearn opened up the frame with a home run. Now, as you know, I am against O’Hearn hitting fifth. I don’t get it at all. He might eventually get to the point where I would be ok with it, but I just don’t understand him in that spot right now.
What was nice to see was the Royals continue to pile on runs after O’Hearn increased their lead to 5-0. The Royals don’t seem to get satisfied at a certain lead this season. They pile on runs like I remember the 2014 and 2015 teams did. That doesn’t mean they are going to the World Series. In fact, I’m still not believing they will win the division. It does mean that they are fun to watch and could be better than I think.
The Ben Is Back Is Town: Andrew Benintendi has had a difficult start to his time in Kansas City. It hasn’t been awful. He has been playing good defense and has been getting on base some. But he isn’t the player we remember him being in Boston. Of course, that’s why he is in Kansas City. Boston didn’t see him as the player they remembered having in 2018.
Saturday might have been his coming-out party with the Royals, and maybe it will get him back in the two spot in the lineup sooner, which is where he should be when he’s hitting well. Saturday, he went 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs, three runs scored and two runs batted in. Heck, if he keeps doing that, he would be my leadoff hitter, and Whit Merrifield would drop to the two-hole.
Next Up: The Royals play the rubber game of their series in Minnesota on Sunday. Brad Keller takes the mound against Jose Berrios. I have to give the Twins the advantage going into this one. Hopefully, we get the good Keller, but I’m not counting on it. He hasn’t proven to me that we should expect good pitching when it’s his turn to take the mound.
Thanks for reading…
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