The Kansas City Royals, a team with playoff aspirations and carrying more preseason hype than usual, are off to a rough start. Swept at the hands of the Minnesota Twins this weekend, the Royals are now 4-7 on the season. Or put another way…
The Royals — who were atop my AL Central predictions — now have the AL’s worst record.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 14, 2014
Every time we come here to Minnesota, we know it’s a tough game with these guys…But we shouldn’t be getting swept like this. We’ve just got to put a stop to it. Better early than late.”
The bigger problem for the Royals lies with the struggles of their lineup. If you believed in Kansas City this season you probably believed in their offense and the breakout potential of guys like Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Alex Gordon (now that he is in the middle of the lineup). Through 11 games, that production simply is not there, as indicated below:
@jonmorosi More to the point, they’re the lowest-scoring team in baseball.
— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) April 14, 2014
Lots of work to be done in Kansas City, and this team no longer has the luxury of struggling quietly. People are going to continue to notice if they do not get things back on track soon.