The Kansas City Royals
By: Jackson Faulkner
The Kansas City Royals are an amazing baseball club that entertains anyone with eyes. With a great defense and amazing batters, the Royals had a great season in 2013.
The 1985 Kansas City Royals season ended with the Royals first world championship win over their across state rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. The Royals won the Western Division of the American League for the second consecutive season and its sixth time in ten seasons. The team improved its record to 91-71 on the strength of their amazing pitching led by Cy Young Award winner Brett Saberhagen.
2013 Batting Stats
With amazing stats like these it was easy getting 86 wins in the 2013 regular season for the Royals, and with over 90 stolen bases combined, the Royals are obviously one of the fastest teams in the MLB.
At bats Hits HR RBI BA SB
Salvador Perez 496 145 13 79 .292 0
Eric Hosmer 623 188 17 79 .302 11
Chris Getz 209 46 1 18 .220 16
Alcides Escobar 607 142 4 52 .234 22
Mike Moustakas 472 110 12 42 .233 2
Alex Gordon 633 168 20 81 .265 11
Lerenzo Cain 399 100 4 46 .251 14
David Lough 315 90 5 33 .286 16
Billy Butler 582 168 15 82 .289 0
HR: home runs BA: batting average SB: stolen bases
2013 Pitching Stats
The Royals have three of the best starting pitchers in all of the MLB. With nasty pitches like fastballs, curve balls, and change ups every batter in the MLB is scared of them.
GP GS IP H R ER BB SO W L James Shields 34 34 228.2 215 82 80 68 196 13 9
Ervin Santana 32 32 211 190 85 76 51 161 9 10
Jeremy Guthrie 33 33 211.2 236 99 95 59 111 15 12
Here are some other Royals pitchers win/loss record.
Bruce Chen 9 4
Wade Davis 8 11
Danny Duffy 2 0
Aaron Crow 7 5
Luis Mendoza 2 6
GP: games played GS: games started IP: innings pitched H: hits R:runs
ER: earned runs BB: walks So: strike outs W: wins L: losses
Kauffman Stadium is recognized throughout baseball as one of the most beautiful stadiums because of their amazing fountains throughout the stadium. It opened as Kauffman Stadium on April 10, 1973 and hosted the All-Star game that year as well as hosting in 2012. Before the 2004 season the outfield fences in the gaps and straight away center field were moved back 10 feet to the new distance of 387 and 410 feet, making Kauffman Stadium one of the most spacious parks in Major League Baseball.
Royals Fan Fest
Each winter you can go to the Kansas City Royals Fan Fest, which is held at Bartle Hall in the Kansas City Convention Center. Here, you can get autographs from manager Ned Yost, pitcher Greg Holland, and many more of your favorite players. There are games for all ages including Royals Blue Crew steal home challenge, Teva batting cages, and much more! There are also hitting, fielding, and pitching clinics and appearances by Slugger, KC crew, and others. If you have a passion for hitting you are in luck because there is even a home run derby game!
Good luck Royals in 2014, your fans are always behind you.