The Kansas City Royals pitching rotation is turning out to be even better than advertised. One thing that the KC Royals have lacked the most in the past several years is a quality starting rotation. Yes they had Zach Grienke and he won a Cy Young award with them, but that was the teams only pitcher that year. Not only do the 2013 Royals finally have an ace again in James Shields (the first real ace they have had on their rotation since Grienke) but they also have two other legit starters right behind him. Jeremy Guthrie and Ervin Santana are helping Shields put on the best performance a Royals starting rotation has had in a long time.
All three of those guys have ERA’s under 3 currently and are averaging 7 innings per start. The last two spots of the rotation are being help by Wade Davis and Louis Mendoza for now. The good news for the Royals is that the starting rotation could get even better after the All-Star break. Davis and Mendoza are doing a decent job for #4 and #5 starters but they certainly aren’t having their best seasons so far. After the All-Star break the Royals baseball team will get youngster Danny Duffy back as well as Felipe Paulino. Both pitchers showed signs of being good starters before having Tommy John Surgery last season. Duffy, being as young as he is, has the talent to be a top of the rotation starter.
It will be tough for the starting rotation to continue pitching as well as they are, but if they can keep the Royals close in the standing come All-Star break they would be in great shape. As long as rehab goes well and there’s no set backs for Duffy and Paulino, the KC Royals could have one of the top pitching rotations in baseball from top to bottom. Now all they need to do is figure out how to hit and score some runs for this rotation. That’s a different story for a different day.
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