The pit of misery for the Kansas City Royals keeps growing larger and larger. It was only three years ago that the Royals were World Series Champions, and now they’re back playing in the basement of the majors. Success for the Royals came so fast and it looks like it’s leaving Kansas City just as fast.
Whenever a team sees such success in a hurry, it usually means players are going to be looking to turn it into a big contract thereafter. A World Series is nice and all, but in 98 percent of cases, money is sweeter for players. One of those members of the championship team, Lorenzo Cain, packed up his bags and left for Milwaukee. Cain spent seven years with the organization and was a beloved member of the team. In his return to K.C., Cain went deep to help the Brewers out in a 5-2 win. He was met with applause from his former fans at Kauffman. Certainly no one can blame him from accepting the contract the Brewers offered him, and after playing a pivotal role on a World Series team, some is forgiven.
Cain turned his seven years in Kansas City into a 5-year $80 million-dollar contract. The money was right and it was time to cash in. The Brewers as a team might have something going for themselves as well. They were a fancy pick before the season started to be a newcomer on the top stage, and they’ve gotten off to a solid start.
After beating the Royals 5-2 yesterday, the Brewers have moved to 15-9 on the season. This includes wins in seven straight games. Along with Cain going deep last night, Trevor Shaw banged out his 5th homer of the season. The offense shouldn’t have any issues putting up runs consistently. That was pretty well expected going into the season, but where the Brewers have been shining, is in the pitching department. Offensively it was expected, however not so much on the bump. Since giving up 10 runs to the Reds on the 16th, the Brewers have allowed just 1.7 runs per game. Head below for the rest of our synopsis, and our free Brewers vs. Royals pick.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. K.C. Royals Pick
Jhoulys Chacin (1-1, 4.18 ERA) vs. Jason Hammel (0-1, 3.20 ERA)
Jason Hammel will get the nod for the Royals in this one, as he attempts to help out and stop the bleeding. Following the loss last night, the Royals have slipped to 5-16. The Royals and White Sox are keeping each other down in the bottom of the American League Central. Hammel can’t be blamed for any of this, he’s actually been one of the few pitching well. Hammel enters with an ERA of 3.20, including a 1.77 ERA in his last three starts. The problem for the Royals is their bullpen. They’re better off putting a machine ball device out there than an actual pitcher. At least it would save them some money. The relievers on the Royals have a combined ERA of 7.26, which is of course dead last. They are also 30th in WHIP and OBA.
Hammel eclipsed 100 pitches in his last outing, a nice performance, but it was against an otherwise lackluster Tigers’ offense. I expect him to get worked hard again tonight, and if he runs into some trouble, the ugliest bullpen in baseball will come trotting out. Conversely, the Brewers’ bullpen has been rock solid, with a 2.56 ERA and impressive .199 OBA. Chacin has looked strong in his last two outings, allowing just 1 run across 10 innings of work. He has only given up 1 deep ball this season and shouldn’t have to worry about a 27th ranked Royals’ offense who are scoring only 3.33 runs per game. The Brewers should be able to add to their win streak tonight with their eighth in a row.