Here is a bullpen comparison from this past weekend.
The Angels might be in trouble.
On offense the Royals did a lot of what we saw in spring training, took the walks the Angels so generously offered and stole some bases. I really liked the aggressiveness on the basepaths but I don't expect them to continue to steal at a 90% clip. Yost is handling Jarrod Dyson exactly as I was hoping, he pinch ran him in three of the four games, Dyson scored the winning run Saturday and stole a couple bases yesterday. It's possible he could steal 30+ bases this year just as a pinch runner.
The Royals had 6+ walks in two of the games and are now 112-50 since 2000 when they accomplish that feat. I don't believe it's random either, the Pirates for instance are 116-66 in the same time period. This one of the reasons why I shudder every time Moore brings in a free swinger. Walks matter.
Speaking of walks, the Royals put together a pretty rare game in the finale. Since 1919 (b-r's play index only goes back that far) yesterday was just the ninth time a team has had 10+ runs, 10+ walks, and 6+ steals in a game.
If we lower the steals to 5 we find that has happened 26 times, 4 times by the Royals, who interestingly enough were the last team to do it. Here are the four 10-10-5 games in franchise history.
3-1 and first place is a nice way to begin the season. It may not last, and probably won't, but it was a fun and wild weekend. And in a case of being in the right place at the right time my brother and I were able to get our picture taken with George Brett. We ran into him in the Royals hall of fame on Saturday, so a great day (Royals win, futures game) achieved epic status.