Just a few random thoughts as the Royals have jumped out to a 6-0 lead over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays after scoring in each of the first four innings on Thursday night.
BREAK OUT THE CIGARS! First of all, congratulations to Jimmy Gobble and his wife, Julie, who welcomed their first child into the world on Wednesday. Porter James Gobble was born at 4:14 p.m. and weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces.
DID YOU KNOW? KC is now 12-6 since June 16 after taking 2 of 3 games against the Astros, Brewers, Cardinals and Twins and sweeping 3 from the Pirates.
HOT HANDS: The Royals have raised their team batting average to a season-high .265 after a long, sustained stretch of success beginning on May 23. Since then, KC is hitting .281 (3999-1,418) as a team and has recorded double-digit hits in 22 of those 41 games. The Royals .281 average ranks ninth in baseball over that span. No surprice that KC is 19-22 in that stretch to follow a 10-32 start.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Despite ranking just 11th in the A.L. with a .265 average, the Royals rank sixth in the Majors and fourth in the American League with 171 doubles. More recently, KC has 57 doubles in its last 22 games since June 12, second-most in baseball behind the Detroit Tigers (61) over that stretch. KC has recorded at least 1 double in 27 straight games, the longest such streak in the Majors. Mark Grudzielanek (21), Emil Brown (20) and Doug Mientkiewicz (19) all rank in the top 20 in the A.L. in two-baggers. By the way, KC has already added five more doubles in this game.
PRESSURE COOKER: The Royals are hitting .331 (55-166) with runners in scoring position over the past 15 games. Emil Brown leads the way since May 29, hitting .412 (14-34) in those clutch situations.
DON’T JINX ME: If Mark Redman can hold on for the victory tonight (has allowed 1 hit through six innings and holds a 6-0 lead), he would be the first pitcher to win six straight decisions since Jose Lima won seven straight starts from June 20-July 27, 2003. Wouldn’t you know it. I get done writing that sentence and he has walked a batter and given up a second hit (Sorry Mark).