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)
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.