"The Royals made it to game seven of the World Series last year, so how do you think they'll fare this season?"
"Rabble rabble Yankees Red Sox Mike Trout Derek Jeter rabble rabble"
- Paraphrasing ESPN all offseason
The Kansas City Royals are just continuing to silence doubters by starting 5-0 one season after making the World Series. They're using all of the methods that propelled them to success last year, with one addition: the long ball. One week into the 2015 MLB season, the Royals rank top three in home runs, batting average, slugging percentage, extra base hits, and on base percentage. Combine that with a bullpen that has an ERA of 0.00, the best defense in baseball, and a splendid starting rotation, and it's not that hard to understand why the Royals are perfect thus far.
Kansas City enters Sunday's series finale looking for a sweep against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. It will face left-hander C.J. Wilson, who despite a sterling season debut (eight innings, two hits, zero runs), has had some trouble against the Royals recently. Wilson's final start of 2014 was in game three of the ALDS, where he lasted 2/3 innings and was knocked from the game after Alex Gordon's bases-clearing triple. Speaking of Gordon, he won't play on Sunday, and the Royals will send this lineup to oppose him:
#Royals lineup vs. Wilson: Escobar SS Moustakas 3B Cain CF Hosmer 1B Morales DH Rios RF Perez C Orlando LF Infante 2B Ventura P— David Lesky (@DBLesky) April 12, 2015
As for the Angels, it's a similar group of players with the exception of Kole Calhoun, who drove in three of Anaheim's four runs Saturday night:
Today's #Angels lineup pic.twitter.com/QYNhGYFsj4— Eric Kay (@EKayAngels) April 12, 2015
The time to throw fire has come. Watch this - it's the best thing you can ever do with 20 seconds of your time:
Yordano is coming, Angels. And this smooth criminal is after a sweep.