Kansas City Royals Breaking Records
With the wild 2011 regular season coming to an end I figured I would get back on the schnide and start writing again. The epic collapse of both the Braves and Red Sox just after midnight last night really seemed to get my juices going. So without further ado my first post in as long as I can remember is about none other than the record setting Kansas City Royals.
What? Yea, you read that correctly. The record setting Kansas City Royals are the first team in the history of baseball to have four players hit above .285 with 40 or more doubles and 15 or more home runs. In fact, Melky Cabrera, Billy Butler, Alex Gordon and Jeff Francoeur are the first foursome to hit 44 or more doubles for the same team in the same season.
The 2011 Royals reminded me of my Little League days when playing small ball, good defense, and decent managing could win a game. The offense would finish 2nd in the AL in stolen bases and see four players steal 20 or more bags. They would lead the league in triples and sacrifice hits and finish one shy of leading the league in sacrifice bunts.
While the team ended 20 games under .500 they would finish September with a 15 and 10 record with little help coming from one of the worst pitching staffs in recent memory. The once retire Bruce Chen would lead the team with 12 wins and Luke Hochevar (who?) would lead the team in era (4.68) and whip (1.28). The good news is that there are plenty of pitchers available in the off season.