After Friday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, the Kansas City Royals win streak is now at five games after winning 14-5. Since the calendar flipped to June, the Royals have been one of the hottest teams in Major League Baseball. The club went on an 11-game losing skid when May hit and it looked like Kansas City was on their way to falling off a cliff, however, the team is now three games over .500 heading into Saturday’s action and has a record of 13-6 since that losing streak. The only team with a better record during that span is the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays.
Royals Win Streak: The Bats Are Hot
During the 11-game skid during May, the team saw a 25+ inning streak where they did not score a single run. Since that stretch, a few players are starting to find their stride at the dish. Andrew Benintendi, who the team acquired from the Boston Red Sox this offseason, started the season batting in the two-hole. With a slow start, manager Mike Matheny pulled Benintendi down to the lower half of the order and he started to find success. Since late April, he has been swinging one of the hottest bats in all of Major League Baseball.
Salvador Perez is one of the veteran players on this 2021 Kansas City Royals team so you expect him to step up. Perez missed all of the 2019 season due to an injury and the team went on the lose over 100 games with the lack of the All-Star catcher. Salvy looked to bounce back in the shortened 2020 season and he did put up solid numbers in the 60-game season.
During this Royals win streak, Perez has been on fire. To start the month, he had four home runs in just two games and has added on multiple RBIs along the way.
The Royals finish out their series with the struggling Minnesota Twins this weekend. Mike Minor is scheduled to pitch on Saturday and Brady Singer is taking the mound for KC on Sunday. The club will then make their first trip to the west coast since 2019 when they take on the Los Angeles Angels in a three-game series in LA. Next weekend, the team will stay on the west coast and face off with the Oakland Athletics in a four-game set.
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