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Cody's Corner: Rays give Royals trouble but Mondesi on historic pace

Cody Tapp
April 29, 2019 - 10:30 pm
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FINAL SCORE
 

Royals: 5

Rays: 8 

Keller had a rocky start today and had trouble with his command once again against the Rays. He did a nice job limting the damage but walks and a few hard hits singles got the better of him tonight. He did have the lowest strike rate in MLB coming into the game tonight, but has managed to work around that much of the season. Keller has admitted some command issues early in the year and worth keeping an eye out on as the season progresses. 

His stuff is still so good, it is hard to worry early, but the Royals will keep an eye on it. 

Also Soler hit a HUGE shot

Some of Adalberto Mondesi's number's don't jump out at you, but so many of them should. I know the average, on base percentage, or strikeouts sometimes have people concenred, but there is no need. The Ks will get better over time and his other paces are crazy. Mondesi is currently on pace for 29 triples which would have him join four guys all born in the 1800s!!!

It is hard to continue to put into words the rare combo he posseses. Players don't pace for 25 HRs, 30 2Bs, 30 3Bs, 50 SBs, all while playing a very athletic SS but he is doing it. His 32 hits before May are the most by a Royals shortstop ever, and he already has 24 RBI which is tied for the 4th most before May in Royals history. 

 

Only guys ahead of him would be King, Palmer, and Dye.

I know the season has been off to a rocky start but the top part of the order has performed even beyond my expectation. 

Whit has maintained the exact same hitter level he has shown the last two seasons. 

Dozier is an early season MVP candidate 

Gordon looks like it is the 2014 again and has his mind set on playing more than this year. 

Sure they want Soler to get hot but a lineup that will also get Perez next year is showing how dangerous it could be moving forward. 

 

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Cody Tapp

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