The best record in baseball belongs to…the Kansas City Royals.
Behind two home runs from Kendrys Morales and another strong start from Chris Young, the Royals topped the Cardinals 5-0 last night in an interleague matchup at Kauffman Stadium.
Young scattered six hits over six scoreless innings in the victory. After holding out until March to sign with a team, the 35-year-old right-hander now owns a 0.78 ERA and 23/9 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings this season. He has allowed two runs (one earned) over four starts.
Morales did all the heavy lifting offensively, clubbing a three-run homer off Lance Lynn in the first inning and added a two-run shot in the third. The Royals bought low on the 31-year-old after nightmare 2014 season, but he’s now batting .305 with six home runs and an .864 OPS across 41 games and leads the American League with 37 RBI.
The Royals sit at 27-14, two games ahead of the Tigers in the AL Central. Check out this tidbit on their hot start:
Your Friday box scores:
Cardinals 0, Royals 5
Rangers 10, Yankees 9
Phillies 1, Nationals 2
Orioles 8, Marlins 5
Reds 3, Indians 7
Mets 1, Pirates 4
Mariners 4, Blue Jays 3
Brewers 11, Braves 0
Astros 2, Tigers 6
Angels 12, Red Sox 5
Giants 11, Rockies 8
Athletics 2, Rays 5
Twins 2, White Sox 3
Padres 1, Dodgers 2
Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 5 (13 innings)
Major League Baseball wants to give the United Kingdom a taste of America’s pastime when the Yankees and Red Sox visit next month. Based on the playing surface they’re going to use, however, they may as well have sent the Blue Jays and the Rays:
Major League Baseball has access to Olympic Stadium for 21 days before the games on June 29 and 30, the sport’s first regular-season contests in Europe, and just five days after to clear out. The league concluded that there was not enough time to install real grass.
Starting June 6, gravel will be placed over the covering protecting West Ham’s grass soccer pitch and the running track that is a legacy from the 2012 Olympics. The artificial turf baseball field, similar to modern surfaces used by a few big league clubs, will be installed atop that.
At least they will not use the old-style sliding pits/turf infield that you used to always see. That’ll all be dirt. There are comments in the article about how it’s a cost savings too since they’re going back next year and won’t have to bulldoze and re-grow grass. Aaron Boone and Xander Bogaerts were asked and they don’t seem to care since it’s similar to the surface they play on in Toronto or down in Florida against the Rays.
Still, this whole deal is not aimed at doing whatever is minimally necessary to pull off a ballgame. It’s supposed to be a showcase on a global stage in a world capital. I have no idea how anyone thinks that doing that on a surface everyone has decided is obsolete for baseball playing purposes unless the ballpark is either outdated or in an arid environment is a good idea.
It’s certainly not baseball putting its best foot forward. Major League Baseball could’ve avoided this by choosing a different venue or even building a temporary one like MLB has done on a few occasions in the past. That, I suppose, would limit the revenue-generation capacity of these games, however, that’s off the table in the Rob Manfred Era.
Yankees and Red Sox on turf. What a decision.