Royals Sweep Rangers, Win 4-1
It's an applicable word that could be used to describe this series against the Texas Rangers. Nevertheless, the Royals came away with a sweep. Like Josh Vernier of 610 Sports said earlier, "It's not a beauty contest. It doesn't matter how you look as long as you win."
It was not the pretties of games, but they came away with a sweep, and now have a game and a half lead over the Detroit Tigers.
"What is a Jason Vargas?" "
"Jason Vargas isn't even good."
"Oh my god. Vargas? Really, Dayton?"
These are all things, or close to, that were said about Dayton Moore's decision to sign Jason Vargas to a multi-year deal this past offseason. I must give credit where credit is due: This has been a fantastic season for Jason Vargas. Vargas is now the proud owner of a 3.14 ERA, and how many of you saw that coming? Maybe like four people....
Jason Vargas battled through 6.2 tough innings, and never let off the gas once. Vargas scattered six hits, and struck out five batters. Vargy lowered his ERA from 3.27 to 3.14, good for second in the Royals starting rotation, behind young lefty, Danny Duffy.
Just like Duffy, Jason Vargas gets little to no run support. That, again tonight, was the case tonight. If not for an Alex Gordon two-run bomb to the deepest part of the park in the fourth inning, Jason Vargas would leave with a 2-0 lead.
Ned Yost did his best to stay away from Wade Davis and Greg Holland, but due to Louis Coleman giving up another earned run, making it a save situation, was forced to bring in Wade Davis for the final out of the eighth inning, and eventually Holland for the ninth. Louis Coleman now is the (not-so) proud owner of a 7.33 ERA in his combined stints with the major league team this season.
Kansas City has an off day tomorrow, but they will head to New York over the weekend. Shields, Duffy, and Ventura are scheduled to throw for Kansas City. The Tigers, after finishing up a series against Cleveland tomorrow, will head home to Detroit to face the San Francisco Giants. Rick Porcello, David Price, and Kyle Lobstien will throw for Detroit.
If the Royals could go ahead and win out in September, that would be nice. Unfortunately, that isn't likely to happen. I would settle for twenty more wins, but realistically, they will only win between 15-28 more games. But hey.... Why couldn't we win twenty more? We've got an ace (James Shields) and we've got an MVP (Alex Gordon) so good things should be coming for Kansas City.