by John Viril—
The Kansas City Royals offense has come to life. The team has scored 41 runs in their last 6 games, after averaging a toothless 3.85 a game prior to this week. More importantly, the team has shown a new dimension.
Now, they can win slugfests.
Over the last four games, the Royals pitching staff has surrendered an unsettling 36 runs—yet the club has managed to win 3 out of 4. On Sunday, the Royals outlasted the Twins 9-8, lost 6-5 to the Indians after coming back from a 4 run deficit with an Alex Gordon grand slam, won 6-5 on Wednesday, and on July 4, the team outslugged the Indians 10-7 after trailing 5-0.
Until the last week, trailing by four runs looked hopeless.
The surge has been fueled by the team’s sudden ability to hit the ball hard. The Royals have 11 doubles and 11 home runs over the 6-game span. By contrast, the Royals averaged a mere 2.47 extra-base hits (and a mere 43 HRs) over the first 76 games of the season. Even more importantly, they have demonstrated ...