Royals Lose Three Straight, Drop Game Two, 5-1

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This is the first time the Kansas City Royals have lost three in a row this season, so things could be worse. But for every “It could’ve been worse” that has been said, remember this: It could’ve been a whole lot better.

Jason Vargas made his first start off the DL today. He went four innings, allowed two earned runs, and struck out six. For comparison, Jeremy Guthrie has struck out nineteen batters in 48.1 innings. Vargas made one mistake to Mark Teixeira, which was ultimately enough to beat the Royals. Joe Blanton’s three earned runs was the nail in the coffin for Kansas CIty, and they could not come back from a four run deficit.

The one run of offense from the Royals was provided via homer from Paulo Orlando, his first in the Majors. During this three-game stretch, KC has been outscored 25-3, which drops their run differential to +52 for the season, which still leads the American League by a pretty wide gap. For a team that has been way above average while hitting with RISP, they have exactly four hits in the last three games, going 2-10, and leaving 19 guys on base.

 

Aside from the atrocious offense that has infected the Royals lineup, their starting pitching has also left something to be desired. In the last 24 innings that starters have pitched, they have allowed 19 ER, with half of those innings coming from Chris Young (0 ER) and Edinson Volquez (2 ER). 17 ER in the last twelve innings makes it seem as bad as it really is. This starting rotation needs a big boost from recently returning Jason Vargas, as they have nobody in the minors that can really be considered an option. John Lamb would be the best option at starting pitcher, but even he has a 3.55 ERA and a WHIP of 1.364 in Triple-A Omaha.

Yes, it’s only been three games, but these three games have looked like the Royals of old that everyone knows and hates. The last time the Royals lost three straight or more was August 28th-31st, and then won 15 of their next 25 to finish the season. No, things aren’t going the Royals way right now. No, the team doesn’t appear to have any firepower in them right now. But all offenses are going to go through streaks like this, and in a 162-game season, this is just one of those peaks and valleys that Kansas City will go through. They just have to have the like-mindedness to not let three games turn into four, four into five, five into six, and so on.

Tomorrow’s pitching matchup should bring a little bit of relief. Chris Young (4-0, 0.78 ERA) will go against Michael Pineda (5-2, 3.59 ERA) for the series finale. Chris Young was originally expected to just be a fill-in, but with so many injuries to the starting rotation, he has taken on the role quite nicely, and has even been a large boost for the Royals rotation.   

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