Royals Report: 5 Things About Whit Merrifield Day Vs. Indians
By John Viril
2) Royals Notch Seventh Straight Home Win
Lost in the negativity of their eight-game road losing streak was the fact that the KC Royals still had a six game home winning streak. The team extended that streak to seven games with Monday’s win.
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The KC Royals are now a major-league best 20-7 at home (.741 winning percentage). On the other hand, the Kansas City Royals are an awful 13-23 on the road (.361 winning percentage).
I’m not sure what the reason is for the discrepancy. Are the Kansas City Royals just built for Kaufman Stadium? Or is the difference due more to dumb luck combined with sample size distortions?
One clue might come from the struggles of fly ball pitchers like Ian Kennedy and Chris Young away from Kauffman Stadium. Both pitchers have looked like they were throwing batting practice to the other team during the road trip, in large part because their games just aren’t suited to the bandboxes the Royals have been playing in during their road trip (Jacobs Field, Camden Yards, and U.S. Cellular Field).
In Kennedy’s case, he shows a massive home and away split this season of 1.46 ERA at home and 5.44 ERA on the road. However, Young has gotten rocked pretty much everywhere he’s pitched. At this point, Chris Young is on thin ice to remain in the Kansas City Royals rotation.
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