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Streaking Royals pull off most lopsided win since 2007

Aug 6, 2013, 1:12 AM EDT

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Could things be any better for the Royals right now?

– Their 13-0 win over the Twins on Monday was their most lopsided victory since they beat the Mariners 17-3 on July 3, 2007.  It was the first time since May 16, 1987 that they scored at least 13 runs and shut out the opposition (they beat the Brewers 13-0 that day).

Jeremy Guthrie pitched his second career shutout in the game. He went his first 187 career starts without ever pitching a shutout. Now he has two after picking up his first May 5 against the White Sox.

– The victory was the career-high 12th of Guthrie’s career. Pitching for poor Orioles teams, he never won more than 11 games previously.

Eric Hosmer homered and drove in a career-high five runs in the game. He hadn’t even driven in four runs in the same game since July 2011. He hit one homer in his first 61 games of the season, and he’s hit 11 in 46 games since.

Mike Moustakas collected four hits for just the second time in his career. He’s batting .322 with four homers and 11 RBI in 59 at-bats since the break, compared to .215 with six homers and 17 RBI in his 275 previous at-bats.

But to answer that original question, yes, things could be going better for the Royals right now, because while they’ve won 12 of their last 13 games, the first-place Tigers have won 13 of their last 14. The Royals are currently 7 1/2 games back of Detroit in the AL Central and four games behind the Rangers for the second wild card, with the Indians and Orioles also ahead of them.

  1. jlovenotjlo - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    Well, they do have 5 more against Minnesota, 3 against the Marlins, and 6 (!) against the White Sox.

    I think it is even more interesting to note that they have an astounding 11 games remaining against Detroit. The Royals definitely control their own destiny.

  2. longcutskolvikes - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    I seriously hope the Royals make the playoffs. It’s good to see them playing well for a change.

  3. Paul White - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Moustakas has been incredibly streaky this year…

    First 16 games: .148/.212/.180
    Next 14 games: .341/.431/.707
    Next 28 games: .137/.180/.158
    Last 38 games: .307/.351/.511

    52 games of outstanding, 44 games of horrific, very little middle ground.

  4. historiophiliac - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    After all the crap we take about losing to the Royals, I’d just like to say that I’m enjoying watching others share the experience this year. Yeah, the freaking Royals.

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      I think the Royals are the only team in the AL with a winning record against the Tigers

      • geoknows - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        The Angels swept all six games they played against the Tigers. Baltimore and Texas also have winning records.

  5. bravojawja - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Remember when the Brewers were in the AL? Good times.

  6. timmons94 - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Royals are good… If Chen and Davis or Duffy pitch solid on back end look out. Bullpen is great. Tejada should be 2b every day… This team can win the division and cause havoc in October … Let’s go royals…. Nothing better than a packed k

  7. vlock1 - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Good for them, but if this continues, they’re never going to be rid of GMDM, who remains a colossal idiot.

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