Oddly enough, the Kansas City Royals spend the entire month of June facing only teams from the American League West and National League Central divisions. The month does feature five days off. Those will hopefully alleviate some of the fatigue involved with two separate trips to the West Coast.
The month opens with 10 games against the AL West Division. Three home games against Oakland is followed by a trip to face the Angels and Athletics. After that the rest of the month consists of one long homestand and one long road trip.
During the homestand, the Kansas City Royals will host the Reds for two games and, after a day off, the Astros and Rangers for three games apiece. Next comes quite possibly the strangest road trip of the season for the Royals with stops in Houston, Milwaukee and Seattle to close out the month.
It’s an interesting month to say the least for the Kansas City Royals with 25 games total. Four of them are against the Reds and Brewers—two apiece—while the remaining 21 come against the five teams that make up the AL West.
Fatigue could be an issue, particularly during the road trip at the end of the month. However, days off sandwiched around the two-game set in Milwaukee will hopefully ease those concerns. Plus, it helps that this trip comes in the first half of the season.
As a whole, the AL West has been impressive this season. Four teams are currently in the playoff picture. Houston ran away with the division title a long time ago, but Texas, Seattle and Los Angeles are all in the thick of the Wild Card race. Oakland has been the only one outside the race, but they cashed in at the trade deadline for prospects who could pay dividends in 2018 and beyond.
Prediction: 11-14 (Season to date, 34-48)