Brian Graham, KCSportsNation
The Royals are well out of the race, so they have nothing to play for, right?
Don’t tell them that.
The young Royals won their seventh straight game Saturday night, 10-3, sending the White Sox to their seventh straight loss.
Mike Moustakas hit his third homerun (4) in four games, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Moustakas is hitting .519 in the streak.
The Royals last won seven straight games September 13-19, 2008. Rookie of the Year candidate Eric Hosmer, Moustakas and 21-year old catcher Sal Perez combined to go 7-14, Everett Teaford (2-0) won his second straight start and another rookie Nate Adcock pitched the final three innings for his first major league save.
Melky Cabrera also added three hits and Jeff Francouer put the game away with an eight-inning 3-run homer, his 19th of the year.
The Royals (67-86) are now .500 at home (39-39) and have gained seven games on the White Sox (73-78) in the last seven games and are now seven games out of third place.
The Royals pounded out 18 hits and every player in the lineup had at least one hit.
The left-handed Teaford moved into the starting rotation to replace Danny Duffy, who was shut down for the year, last Sunday after 23 relief appearances, and has allowed just one run in 11 innings. I think Teaford has emerged as an option for the rotation next year. He had been exclusively a starting pitcher until this year.
So what does this all mean? Is it just another meaningless September win-streak for the Royals?
I say certainly not. As teams have either clinched the playoffs or are out of the race and are playing their young players, it is clear that the Royals young players are easily better than the other teams. For years we have heard about the future of this team with the stud minor league prospects. Now they are here, but is the promise being fulfilled? Only time will tell, but I think the Royals, with improved our upgraded pitching, can compete for an American League Central title next year.
Stay posted, more on the Royals progress later this week.
More in-depth coverage of last night’s win can be seen here: