Four straight wins mean the Royals are doing something right

24 Jul

It’s July 24, and at this moment the Royals have won four consecutive games. It’s the first time for that kind of prolonged success since the opening days of May, and like that streak, this one has come as part of a home stand. But when you take into consideration that Kansas City is 42-58 on the season, it is evident that  four wins in a row means something is going right for the boys in blue, something much more potent than just playing on friendly territory. If the Royals roster can make it through the July 31 trade deadline without having its best players scattered to contending teams, Kansas City fans will have reason to be, at least, cautiously optimistic.

I mention the trade deadline because I keep hearing talk of trading Melky Cabrera. I hope that doesn’t happen. I think that would be a huge mistake. He’s hitting just under .300 with 12 home runs and 57 RBIs. He’s a guy who’s been in the league for awhile but, at 26, is not “old.” Between him, Jeff Francouer and Alex Gordon (who are of similar age and statistics), the Royals have some players with the experience to provide leadership and the statistics to back them up. Throw in Eric Hosmer, who has been tearing it up since his debut earlier this season, and there is definitely ability on the roster. More than specific names or numbers, the team seems to be gelling. There’s chemistry. Again, that’s why I’m hoping that – against all odds – the roster will be left alone and that these guys will be given time to learn how to work and play together.

In these past four games, there have been some exciting moments. On Wednesday it took the Royals 11 innings, but they defeated the White Sox 2-1 in a dramatic finish, getting the winning run on a wild pitch. On Friday, the batters proved they are absolutely capable of often-absent run support, shelling out 16 hits in a 10-4 win over the Rays.

I know Kansas City desperately needs better pitching – Felipe Paulino, who will be leading the charge against the Rays today, is 1-7 with a 4.39 ERA, according to espn.com and mlb.com – that could possibly be obtained through trading Melky Cabrera or other players. However, if the Royals continue winning and seem to be working well together, I think it would be remiss to throw a wrench in the works at this point. You’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” While the team is far from perfect, it’s looking better than it’s looked in awhile, and for many of us Kansas City residents, that’s good enough for now.

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2 Responses to “Four straight wins mean the Royals are doing something right”

  1. Bob Houck July 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Well said, FSB. Hope you’re having a good summer.

    • Ashley Dunkak July 25, 2011 at 8:23 am #

      Thanks, Bob! My summer has been great. I hope you and Joann are doing well also. Have a wonderful week!

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