4) Royals Road Offense Disappoints Once Again
For some reason, Kansas City Royals hitters just don’t get it done on the road. Yes, most teams enjoy a performance bump in familiar surroundings. But the KC Royals rank 27th in baseball in team wRC+ (adjusted runs created, a catch all offensive stat designed to evaluate a player’s total offensive value normalized for park factors and opponent quality).
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If you prefer triple slash numbers, those are awful too at .256 /.301/.383 with 41 home runs. At home, the Kansas City Royals are a quite good 9th in wRC+, with a triple slash of .292/.343/.444 with 35 dingers.
On Wednesday, the KC Royals continued this sharp difference by only managing 3 hits, 1 walk, and 2 earned runs in seven innings against Marcus Stroman—who came into the game with a 5.08 ERA. While Stroman has made some adjustments since his early season struggles, it’s not as if the Royals were playing Clayton Kershaw or Chris Sale.
When mediocre mid-rotation pitchers regularly dominate your offense on the road, you know you have a problem.
Yes, the KC Royals were missing Lorenzo Cain and Kendrys Morales on Wednesday. Salvdor Perez is also mired in a horrific 0-23 slump. The Kansas City Royals are still failing to hit on the road for reasons that defy rational explanation. Part of the problem can simply be variance, but at this point it seems as if it’s also in their heads.
Whatever the cause, the KC Royals need to fix this problem in the second half of the season or else they’ll be sitting on their couches come October.
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