This past series, against Minnesota, was one of the most important series so far this season. Going into the game on Monday the Royals were a game behind the league leading Minnesota Twins. The Royals played like they had something to prove, and I think they did just that. Vargas opened up the series by throwing six shutout innings, giving up only five hits and struck out two. The offense looked better than it has been with Morales hitting a two run bomb in the second and Hosmer driving in another run in the eighth.
Chris Young did everything right in this game. He only gave up one run in the sixth. There were some close calls during the game. Salvador Perez gunned down Eduardo Escobar on base after Young walked him to erase a base runner in the third. Alex Gordon also made an incredible catch at the wall robbing Torii Hunter of a home run. Even though Young had three walks and only two strike outs, his pitching still caught the Twins off guard. After Young came out of the game the defense (Escobar) came up big and made sure the Royals stayed ahead 1-0. It wasn’t until the ninth when Salvi hit a bomb that put the nail in the coffin.
SWEEP!!!! It has been too long since I have typed those words. If I was Torii Hunter I would mad my team has lost so many games in the past two weeks too. I would probably keep my clothes on though. The Royals came out swinging in game three of the series. Gordon hit a three run homer, Volquez struck out six batters over seven innings and the Royals have an amazing defense. After watching the Twins defense struggle on Wednesday it makes me realize just how lucky Royals fans are.
The Royals have responded to their slump by winning four in a row. Hopefully they can continue the winning in St. Louis. Tonight Ventura takes the mound and although he has been off and on this season, he should be able to pull out a win. Guthrie pitches on Saturday. He has been solid five of his past six starts and the Royals are facing a pitcher they beat when they faced the Cardinals here. That doesn’t mean much in any sport, but I am picking the Royals to win this game too. Vargas pitches on Sunday and had a great game against the Twins. I am really hoping he can keep it up and that Lackey has just as bad of a game as he did in Colorado. I am picking the Royals to sweep the series against the dreaded red Birds and send their dads’ home happy with six wins in six games.
There are seven Royals starters that would start in the All Star game if it were to be played tonight. Make sure you keep voting for the Royals and especially Omar.