Royals Top Twins to Reclaim Central Lead
The Kansas City Royals have dominated the All-Star game ballots and now they are starting to assert themselves on the field. Last seasons AL Champions took game one of their series with the Minnesota Twins last night to move into first place in the AL Central by several percentage points. Jason Vargas tossed six shutout innings and off-season addition Kendry Morales homered to provide the necessary offense in their 3-1 victory.
The Twins have been one of the biggest surprises this season as they’ve raced out to the AL Central lead after losing 92 games last year, third most in the majors. A lot of the credit has gone to new manager and former Twins catcher Paul Molitor who took over this season after longtime manager, Ron Gardenhire, was fired.
Now as we are a third of the way through the season, and the hard part of their resurgence sets in. It is hard to know if the Twins are for real, but they could be in for a drop, as their production might not be sustainable. Their ERA and runs per game (which rank 13th and 8 respectively) might be dragged down by their lack of strikeouts as they’re dead last in the MLB and OPS, 22nd.
But it looks like there could be a four team race in the Central with the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers lurking just a few games behind.