Kansas City Royals: Five Keys to Winning Rays Series

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 27: Whit Merrifield
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KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 23: Eric Hosmer
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No. 5 Enjoy Some Home Cooking

The Kansas City Royals should brace for a lot of cheering when they finally score their next run. A lot of it will be genuine, but there will be a portion (how large will depend on when it finally comes) that is sarcastic.

Royals fans are some of the best in baseball when it comes to recognizing greatness at games. The standing ovation given to Miguel Cabrera when he clinched the Triple Crown was incredible. The returns to Kansas City by Jarrod Dyson and Greg Holland this year also induced goosebumps.

But they aren’t above letting their team know when they need to improve.

Beyond the obvious benefits to playing at home, the Kansas City Royals have the home-road split to prove the advantage. The Royals have a 35-30 mark at home and a 29-35 record away from Kauffman Stadium. If you think that kind of split happens with every team, just check out Minnesota.

The Twins, who lead the race for the second Wild Card spot, have virtually the opposite records. In Minnesota, they are 31-35. On the road, they have a 36-28 mark. If they end up heading to New York for the Wild Card game, they won’t be too upset.

With only nine home games between Monday and September 25, the Kansas City Royals need to cherish each home game they have left. And with an offseason of turmoil ahead, the team’s fans should too.

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What do you fans think? How many games (if any) will the Kansas City Royals win during this brief homestand? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and on social media.