It was a Memorial Day Weekend to savor for Royals fans. This team continues to thrive on unimaginable and thrilling finishes. Down multiple runs in each of the three games against the White Sox, the Royals found ways to overcome run deficits of 4, 6 and 2 in dramatic comeback fashion.
This was more than just finding ways to win. This is a team which has suddenly been decimated by injuries. Three of the front-line position players are on the shelf. The Royals need to get Perez back on the field so he can get Ventura fixed and under control. Moose is lost for the season and Gordon is becoming more and more injury prone.
The top of the Royals farm system has been somewhat depleted by recent trades but Dayton Moore once again pulled a rabbit out of his hat. Let’s make that 3 rabbits! Trios of youngsters from the minor leagues were summoned and each contributed in a significant way in the Royals sweep of the White Sox.
Remember it was just a few weeks ago the team had lost 12 of 16 and the Royals were digging a hole in the division. This team couldn’t score. The Royals had lost 2 of their starting pitchers and Ventura has remains bullet proof. A trio of players from Omaha (Brit Merrifield, Brett Eibner and Cheslor Cuthbert) saved the Royals over the weekend in the series against the White Sox:
- Merrifield went 5 – 13
- Eibner went 5 – 11
- Culberth went 4 – 11
Combined these three were 14 – 35. These are pretty impressive numbers in the Royals most important series to date.
Following 3 games this week against Tampa Bay, the Royals will have another showdown with their biggest rivals in the division. The Royals play 14 of 17 vs. Cleveland, Detroit and the White Sox.
The Royals are feeling pretty good about themselves right now but they better be careful. There are too many holes on this team created by the rash of recent injuries. Kendrys Morales is still scuffling. The big DH is not hitting home runs and not driving in runs. Why not give Eibner a long look? Merrifield looks like he could become the Royals next fulltime second baseman. Infante appears to be fading away. The Royals need to bite the bullet, eat Infante’s salary and move on.
It is encouraging during the Royals recent run that they’ve averaged 7 runs a game in winning 5 of their last 6 games. The biggest question is how long can this injury-plagued team stay hot? It’s a little scary to think the Storm Chasers are going to be there to bail out the Royals each time they go into a crisis mode. It’s amazing that the Royals have battled their way back to the top despite all the setbacks they have encountered in the first 50 games of the season.
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