Crucial losses to the Tigers and Indians dim the Royals playoff hopes, but they’re still hanging on.
The St. Louis Cardinals have played as tough of a schedule as any team in Major League Baseball this season.
After missing much of the year recovering from Tommy John surgery, it appears that Danny Duffy is ready to claim a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ rotation for the rest of this season and possibly next season as well.
A five game series with the Detroit Tigers will reveal if the Royals are contenders or pretenders.
The St. Louis Cardinals have unquestionably played their worst baseball of the season the past three weeks, going 4-11 against the four best teams in the National League, but that rough stretch could be a large dose of the medicine the team needs to be ready for the playoffs.
The Royals have a chance at the postseason, but they have to get through the Tigers and Indians.
Coming in at just over the eighty-one game halfway mark of the season, the Royals remain six games out of first place in the American League Central Division and two and a half games behind the Cleveland Indians, putting them in 3rd place.
Is it too early to start thinking about the trade deadline? That used to be an easier question to answer.
Well so much for the offensive revival. After the Royals out-slugged the Angels to take two of three, they finish the week at 2-4 after getting swept by the A’s.
Rick Ankiel makes his return to St. Louis on May 13.