05/26/2009 4:41 PM ET
Kyle Farnsworth: Kansas City can win
Royals reliever a believer in his team's chemistry
I wanted to pitch for Kansas City because the organization has good, young talent and a strong emphasis on pitching. It was the right decision for me when I signed and remains the right decision for me today.
This organization hadn't had a lot of success the past couple of years, but I thought that could be turned around quickly. It's about getting the right guys in the right areas.
We came together quickly this season, and we've gelled. We have a good mixture of younger guys and older guys. As far as I can tell, everyone here gets along together well, and everyone here does a good job of supporting each other and rooting for one another.
I've been part of winning teams in the past, and getting off to a good start has been a common denominator. You can start slowly and win, but it's more difficult. When you establish yourselves as a winning team early, you aren't spending time trying to dig out of holes.
Being a pitcher myself, it's been fun to watch Gil Meche and Zack Greinke lead our rotation. I've seen and played with a lot of good starting pitchers, and these guys are up there with any of them. I like to see how they go about their business.
Greinke, of course, has gotten off to such a fabulous start. I can't remember playing alongside someone who has pitched as well as he has so far. I know he had great stretches last season. He works hard, and with his ability, he can really accomplish a lot of things.
Although he's on the DL now, Joakim Soria is another one of our game's best secrets. He's real loose, and he doesn't take things too seriously, but he has three or four quality pitches. He throws strikes, and he gets ahead of hitters.
When he does that, they can't sit on a pitch since he has so many good pitches. His ability to locate his pitches well also makes him so tough and is a key to his success. Our team will be better the second he comes off the disabled list.
In all, there is no reason why we cannot compete for our division, and I'm happy to be part of it.
Kyle Farnsworth, a hard-throwing veteran in his 11th MLB season, signed a two-year free-agent contract with the Royals over the winter, and he has struck out 15 hitters in 15 innings to go along with a 1-3 record and 3.94 ERA so far.