After finishing up with the White Sox, the Kansas City Royals hit the road for their first road trip of the season.
Stops in Detroit and Cleveland will wrap up a string of nine consecutive games against Central Division foes to begin the season. The Cleveland series marks the start of a stretch with 13 games in as many days. The stretch involves home series against the Mariners and Angels—the latter of which is the team’s first four-game set of the season—and ends with a trip north of the border to visit the Blue Jays.
A pair of days off are sandwiched around a second April trip to Detroit, after which the Royals finish the month with six of seven at home. The Brewers and the White Sox, again, will head to Kauffman Stadium before the month ends with a game at Fenway Park.
On paper, the Kansas City Royals could not ask for a much better month of April (plus the two games in March) with which to start the season.
The team has 16 home games between March 29 and April 29. The two road trips both include just two cities apiece and each also includes a day off in between series. That’s a pretty ideal schedule.
Not to mention the teams involved. It’s obviously way too early to know how teams will shape up entering 2018. But the White Sox, Tigers and Blue Jays are set to end 2017 as three of the four worst teams in the American League. Even if these teams improve with an influx of young talent, particularly in Chicago, they likely won’t be world-beaters early in the year.
Of course, the flip side of that is the Kansas City Royals will likely be breaking in a lot of inexperienced players, too.
Prediction: 12-17 (factoring in the two March games)