The Royals have scored in double digits in back-to-back games for the first time since early last September when they did it against, well, these Detroit Tigers. The Tigers had a horrid pitching staff last year, which they tried to rectify by going out and spending a lot of money on free agent Jordan Zimmermann. Zimmermann has mostly justified his five-year, $110 million contract this year, with a 3.49 ERA and nine wins. However, he has given up 13 runs over his last two starts, and has not had a quality start since May 11.
The Royals may need to put up a crooked number on the scoreboard again today with Chris Young on the mound. Young makes his third start since coming off the disabled list, and he has yet to pitch into the fifth inning since recovering from his forearm injury. Young still leads the league in home runs allowed with 18, with could be ominous with the Tigers power bats.
Despite the ups and downs, the Royals are just three games off of last year's record at the same point. With Alex Gordon set to return soon, and the starting pitching sorting itself out, the Royals could be right where they were a year ago before too long.