Smack Dab in the AL Central

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Source: David Banks/Getty Images North America

Kansas City Royals

Record: 2-4

Weekly Recap:

The Royals are also starting to fade a bit. They were dominated early in the week when the visited the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. A brawl against the Orioles failed to ignite the team, as they were swept out of Baltimore. Things turned around for them as they rode some stellar pitching against the White Sox to take two out of three against them at U.S. Cellular Stadium. Their offense is still pretty stagnant as they are missing some key guys due to injury, but taking a series on the road against a division rival is a nice way to gain back some momentum.

Stud of the Week: Danny Duffy

2 GS, 1-1, 12.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 HR, 19 K

In an ocean of mediocrity, he has been a shining star in the pitching rotation for the Royals. The southpaw originally started off in the bullpen to begin the year but was called upon to step into the rotation when injuries struck. He has been quite good as he has shown better command as of late and is absolutely dominating opposing batters as they are struggling to figure him out. Despite losing the contest against the Orioles on Monday, he pitched well and kept the Royals in the game in order for them to have a chance to come back.

Dud of the Week: Yordano Ventura

2 GS, 1-1, 5.56 ERA, 11.1 IP, 12 H, 7 R/ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 13 K, 1.147 WHIP

He had two outings this week. Each one was a different tale. One outing saw the young flamethrower get shelled by the Orioles and another outing saw him completely shut down the White Sox. He lands here as the Dud of the Week due to him inciting a brawl with the Orioles. He has always had a history of causing trouble, as early in the 2015 season he started quite a number of bench-clearing fights. He clearly hasn’t grown up as he went into old habits against the Orioles. He’s supposed to be the ace of the staff yet he insists on acting like a child when things don’t go his way. It makes the Royals look bad and also puts his teammates in jeopardy when they step to the plate.

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