Spring training may be just practice games, or even known as just time-fillers, but no matter what, the hometown Kansas City Royals are blowing away the competition in the Arizona based Cactus League.
As of Monday, March 4, the Boys in Blue have 9 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie from the first game of the year which ended in a 5-5 tie with the Texas Rangers. That game should have actually been a win too, despite a 2-run home run to tie the game with 2 outs in the 9th inning by the Rangers.
Being honest here, this is actually a very impressive thing for the Royals to be this successful, this fast, during spring training. I have heard multiple times from Royals fans even, that the undefeated record they currently hold is not a good indication of what will happen when Opening Day rolls around.
But actually, that is false. The Royals are playing MLB teams, all of which right now are in first place, technically. And not only are they beating these teams, they are blowing them away. There have been scores reaching 16-4, 9-5 and 8-1. Those are not just mere coincidence. This is a good team. Dont believe me? Just watch.
So far, 3B Mike Moustakas has 11 hits for a .579 average, along with newcomer CF David Lough with 8 hits and a .533 average.
Luis Mendoza, who is fighting for the 5th spot in the rotation along with Luke Hochevar and Bruce Chen, has pitched 6.0 innings with a 1.50 ERA. Donnie Joseph is currently leading the team with 7 strikeouts over the 9 batters he has faced. That is more than impressive.
The Royals are just about halfway done with the spring training, and even though a loss is almost sure to happen, so far there has been nothing but positive things about them. Ned Yost can only be proud right now and nothing less.
These guys will contend in the AL this year, and it will not be anything like the past. I am hoping for a 1985 all over again.