Braking Down Royals Meltdown Vs. Yanks

by joelcollins2

New York Yankees

New York Yankees (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

The Kansas City Royals began their three game home-stand with the New York Yankees yesterday night.  Despite Royals’ outfielder Jarrod Dyson’s rare home-run, KC gave up five runs in the fifth inning, braking the tie and going up 10-5.  Although Royals pitching has been much improved since last season, the same could not be said for last night’s performance.  Royals’ starter Wade Davis gave up seven earned-runs, eleven total given up.

Lyle Overbay took the Royals by surprise, going 4-5 including a home-run.  However, this pitching staff has high expectations after their fabulous start this season.  Wade Davis, unlike other starters for the Royals, has had a roller coaster type year so far.  The Yanks took full advantage of Davis not having his best outing.

KC reliever Bruce Chen had not given up an earned-run until last night’s loss to NY.  But, Chen was not fooling anyone last night, giving up his first three earned-runs in one inning.

Royals’ hitting had been the largest issue to began this season, however, yesterday, they put up six runs including two home-runs.  Alex Gordon continues his hot hitting, making a legitimate MVP case early on.  Unfortunately, the pitching was not nearly what Kansas City had hoped for to began their series with New York.

If the Kansas City Royals hit like they did last night, they should have a good chance when James Shields takes the hill at 6:10 CT tonight.  KC has yet to have quality run support for their ace starting pitcher.  The Royals looked to rebound after scoring only one run and handing Shields the no decision despite allowing only two hits against the White Sox last week.