Few long trips are what jump out at you after looking at the August schedule for the Kansas City Royals. A flight down to Tampa is the only trip further than Minneapolis that the team will make in the month.
It should be a nice break. After a June and July with only 23 combined home games, the Kansas City Royals will play at Kauffman Stadium in 16 of their 28 August games.
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The Royals make that trip to see the Twins after finishing the series with the White Sox. The team then heads back to Kansas City to welcome the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays to town.
After the extended homestand, the Kansas City Royals will return to Chicago before the aforementioned trip to face Tampa Bay. The month concludes with three games against Cleveland, two against Detroit and one against Baltimore—all at home.
Starting with the Cubbies visit to Kansas City, the longest homestand of the season will encompass 10 games over 11 days in the middle of August. Those are going to be some toasty contests. The homestand coincidentally (or maybe not so coincidentally) comes right after the team wraps ups its longest road trip by number of games.
Even though the Houston, Milwaukee to Seattle gauntlet accumulates more frequent flyer miles, the road trip only consists of eight games. The New York, Chicago to Minneapolis trip, on the other hand, involves 10 games in 11 days away from home.
It’s hard to see the Kansas City Royals faring too well at the end of the long road trip or the beginning of the homestand. The opponents the team will face in August aren’t overly threatening. But, at this point in the season, it’s hard to know what you’re going to get out of a team that knows it won’t play in the postseason.
Then again, it couldn’t be any worse than how the Kansas City Royals played this August. And that was with a completely legitimate shot at making the playoffs.
Prediction: 12-16 (Season to date, 60-74)