Kansas City Royals Begin a Quest for Clarity

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 20: Mike Moustakas
KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 20: Mike Moustakas /

The Kansas City Royals are now a week into the post All-Star break schedule. Once again they have proven to be the hardest team in baseball to figure out. With just over a week until the trade deadline it seems as if no one knows what direction they will go in.

As the first half came to a close the Kansas City Royals were swept by the Dodgers. The argument can be made that LA is the best team in baseball, so not necessarily a big deal. Still it was a momentum killer heading to the break.

Going 1-4 to start the second half appeared to change the ‘buyers’ stance the team proclaimed, into strong ‘sellers’. Then the past two days happened.

A walk-off win in the ninth on Wednesday, followed by a 16 run blowout Thursday, has yet again challenged all conceptions. Maybe the team is good enough if they add the right couple of pieces. Maybe it is all a mirage that will come back to haunt the franchise.

Don’t try to figure it out!

That is simply the best advice I can give. We are dealing with the most random team in the MLB. They can go from the worst team to the best in a 24 hour period. Honestly it is annoying. I am not built for these kinds of momentum swings.

KANSAS CITY, MO – JULY 20: Alcides Escobar
KANSAS CITY, MO – JULY 20: Alcides Escobar /

I do my best to plan. I try to have everything laid out and know what to expect. Going from making a deadline splash to moving core players and back again is simply exhausting. That being said, Ned Yost and the boys know how to keep a fan base engaged.

This weekend must hold the answer though…right?

Tonight begins a series between the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox at the K. The Sox have already made two big trades over the past week. They have waived the white flag on the season. They sit in the cellar of the American League Central. This is a series the Royals not only must win, but need to sweep.

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If the Kansas City Royals can indeed come out of the weekend with three more wins, Dayton Moore needs to push in his chips and go for it. What little chips he has at this point of course. If it breaks right the team could be in first place by the time they hit the road next week.

While the rationalist in me says to think about the long term and deal players to get guys that will help the next for the next several seasons. However, first place is a hard place to sell from. If that is indeed the case I would rather see DM make moves to go for it, rather than do nothing at all.

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Tonight begins the quest for clarity. What do you think will be the outcome? Hit the comment section below and give your best guess.