Jun 3, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante (14) celebrates with first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals May Be Replicating Last Year


Remember last year, when the Kansas City Royals appeared to be dead in the water at the end of May, sporting a 23-30 record? Any chance at a push to the playoffs seemed far-fetched at best as the Royals appeared to be en route to yet another disappointing season. Then, beginning June 1st, the Royals fortunes changed. The Royals went 15-11 in June, and set the stage for a belated run at the postseason.

This season, the same script may apply once again. The Royals had disappointed at the start of the year, as their offensive issues played a large part in their 26-29 record at the end of May. However, as the offense has begun to show signs of life, the Royals are starting to find success once again. Thus far in June, they have taken three of four games from the St. Louis Cardinals and another two of three from the New York Yankees. Although neither team has been what they were in the past, those were still two important series wins for the Royals to build off of.

Heading into a stretch where the Royals play their next nine games against divisional opponents, the Royals are in a prime spot to make up even more ground in the standings. An excellent 5-2 week can certainly help be a confidence builder, especially going into a stretch where they face the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers.

Banking on another second half streak such as they Royals had last year would seemingly be foolhardy. Yet, the Royals may well be poised to replicate such a run. Their offense, which had struggled to score runs, ranks 14th in runs scored thus far this month, which is far better than their ranking at 23rd for the season. They have even begun to hit for a bit of power, with four home runs over the past week, including two on Saturday, while leading baseball in doubles in June.

Is this just a solid week for Kansas City, or are the Royals about to embark upon another hot stretch in the second half of the year, reminiscent to their performance in 2013? Should the offense continue to show improvement, and the Royals carry their momentum into the next three series, the Royals could find themselves poised for a run at the postseason.

It would be difficult to imagine that the Royals would, once again, go on a second half run such as they did last season. However, if the first two series are any indication, it could be, as the great Yogi Berra once said, deja vu all over again.

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  • Ardent Shepherd

    I’d love to believe that we will go on another run. The only problem is, we didn’t make the playoffs last year, so replicating last year won’t do us any good. If we don’t make at least the wild card this year, the front office needs to be cleaned out. The inconsistencies in our game are immense.

  • jimfetterolf

    Progression to the mean suggests hope for the offense and none of the pitchers scream “Outlier!” Nice to see that the post-Astros’ hysteria has died down and we can return to normal programming.

    For what it may be worth. Royals are 25-22 in games Mike Moustakas has started. That makes them 6-10 in games he hasn’t started. Are we quantifying the mysterious leadership thingie?

    • kibo

      If that is it then lets go get 8 more leaders just like him and see where that gets us.

      • jimfetterolf

        You may not have any experience with such things, but too many leaders creates anarchy. But maybe your fantasy football team has eleven quarterbacks :)?