KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Five observations on the current state of the Royals...
We all know about the offensive struggles of third baseman Mike Moustakas this season.
But at this point, all the Royals really need from Moustakas is what they got on the just-concluded road trip -- Moose went 8 for 36, but delivered three home runs and seven RBIs, and he also played great defense.
Naturally, the Royals would love for Moustakas to get really hot, hit for a higher average and post a better on-base percentage.
But if Moustakas can keep doing what he just did on the road trip, the Royals will have a great chance to stay in the playoff chase.
Moustakas' two-homer game last Tuesday sealed the Twins' fate in the opening game of that series. And his huge homer Sunday off impressive Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler got the Royals' offense rolling. Moose also made a brilliant bare-handed scoop and throw to nail Marlon Byrd in the same inning.
Good teams get contributions ...