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Malik Wright interviews Kansas City Royals outfielder extraordinaire Michael Taylor.
Kansas City Royals ourfielder Michael Taylor went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI and a home run off fellow MLBbro Taylor Hearn on Opening Day. Taylor hit .244 this season with 12 homers, 54 RBI and won the American League Gold Glove for a struggling Royals squad. Taylor was one of two MLBbros to win an AL Gold Glove alogn with Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien.
The month of July has been a really good one for Kansas City Royals outfielder Michael Taylor.
His bat has been on fire and he’s been a big contributor to the Royals offense.
If you look at Taylor’s last six games, you’ll see how much of an impact he’s had at the plate.
The 30-year-old has hit safely in five of his last six games. During that stretch he hit .347 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBI.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 7, 2021
After spending his entire career with the Washington Nationals, Taylor is looking to make Kansas City his new home for a few years.
If he keeps playing like he’s been recently, the Royals will have no choice but to keep the veteran around.
On June 29,Taylor had one of his best games of the 2021 season. He went 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run against the Boston Red Sox.
That game, Taylor saw the ball really well.
“I think we’re having quality at-bats as a team and grinding counts and putting the ball in play,” Taylor told The Kansas City Star after his three-hit performance against Boston. “Those are all things that we need to do to have competitive at-bats and put runs on the board.”
Royals manager Mike Matheny has been pleased with Taylor’s performance.
“It just continues to amaze me, the skill this guy has, the talent to be able to leave this park in that part of the park is very rare,” Matheny said about Taylor.
Taylor knows what it takes to play and win at a high level. He was a member of the Nationals team that won the World Series in 2019.
It’s important to have a player on your team who has won at the highest level. Though Taylor may not be one of the top players in the league, he has the skills to pay the ball
And one thing he won’t do is shy away from the big moment. Whether he’s at the plate in the field, Taylor can come through in clutch situations.
He put together another multi-hit performance in his recent game on July 8 against the Cleveland Indians. Taylor went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
As the summer continues, Taylor’s bat is heating up. Through 78 games, he is batting .247 with eight home runs, seven doubles, and 32 RBI.
This season, Taylor has displayed some power at the plate too. He’s already hit more home runs this season than the 2020, 2019, and 2018 seasons.
His 32 RBI are more than his last two seasons combined.
And those numbers will only increase this season if he continues to swing a hot stick like he’s been doing lately.
He may have not made an All-Star team yet but he has been a significant part of multiple teams throughout his career.
This brother can ball and his numbers have been speaking for themselves lately.
Look for Taylor to continue to make an impact for the Royals as the season progresses.
Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are the keys to the Yankees entertaining any playoff hopes.
After losing 13 of their previous 18 games, the Yankees are 7-2 in their last 9, and have won three consecutive series; knocking off Toronto, Oakland, and with their 8-1 win on Thursday, the Kansas City Royals.
For New York, it’s the team’s most successful run since the Yankees won seven straight series from April 30 through May 23, going 17-5. At that point, New York was 11 games over .500 and just a half-game out of first place in the American League East.
This most recent stretch of success has brought the Yankees into a range of the leaders in the race for both the division and the Wild Card; trailing Boston by four and fellow division rival Tampa Bay by 3.5 games respectively.
Steering the Yankees back into the right direction has been the team’s towering titans. Over this nine-game run, they’ve hit a combined .292, with two home runs, eight RBI, nine runs scored, and sixteen walks.
They’ve been even better over their last six games.
Both bashers are hitting .333, with Judge leading the team in hits (8) and runs scored (6), and Stanton setting the pace with eight walks. Stanton’s 28 walks this season are more than his total of 27 over the past two seasons.
What’s been even more important is that they’ve been able to be productive without generating a lot of power.
The duo has combined for only two home runs and two doubles during these nine games, and yet they’ve still managed to account for nearly 20 percent of the Yankees’ runs and RBI.
Thursday, Judge went 3-3, scoring three runs, with two RBI, two walks, and he hit his 16th homer of the season. It was his first three-hit game since May 1. New York improved to 10-3 when he goes yard. It’s been documented just how important his power is to the Yankees offense, and if it’s returning, that’s a fantastic sign for his team.
Aaron Judge breaks out of a little slump to put the Yankees ahead 1-0 in the first inning with a home run! pic.twitter.com/lCSJYKBwyH
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) June 24, 2021
“[I’m] feeling good,” Judge said to reporters after the game. “Making a couple of adjustments to get my body in a better position to swing. I’ve kind of been feeling like I’ve been swinging underwater. But I was seeing the ball well.”
When Judge is seeing the ball well, it’s usually flying off of his bat. That was the case against KC. His RBI single in the second inning was moving at a cool 109.3 miles per hour.
Stanton was 3-5, and his single in the eighth inning drove in Judge, helping him stay one behind number 99 for the team’s RBI lead.
Giancarlo Stanton's third hit of the day makes it 8-1 Yankees! pic.twitter.com/pV7GYyPCfL
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) June 24, 2021
Giancarlo is hitting .304 in June, by far his best month of the season, with four home runs and 13 RBI. He’s raised his season average from .259 to .271 with five multi-hit games.
His plate discipline has been a big surprise, with Stanton earning 13 walks with just 13 strikeouts. In April and May, he had 15 walks and 48 strikeouts.
With Gary Sanchez and DJ LaMahieu both starting to heat up, and the return of Luke Voit, the Yankees may finally be finding their footing.
But regardless of what the other seven people in the lineup do on a nightly basis, the eyes of New York will remain on the two Bronx Behemoths. As they go, so go the Yankees’ chances.