(Editor’s note: This slide has been updated to correctly reflect the number of games in September.)
The Kansas City Royals will hit the road after completing their series with Baltimore. First up will be a trip to Cleveland, followed by a stop in Minnesota.
The penultimate homestand of the season will see the Kansas City Royals face the White Sox and Twins for the final time in 2018. The team then must labor through an almost certainly meaningless nine-game trip to Pittsburgh (three games), Detroit (four) and Cincinnati (two).
Cleveland comes to Kansas City for a four-game set to conclude the season, which will wrap up exactly on Sept. 30.
As with most Septembers, the Kansas City Royals will see a lot of familiar faces over the final few weeks of the season. Seasons often end with several intradivisonal series. 2018 will be no different, with the Royals playing each American League Central Division team at least once in the final month.
Aside from two games to wrap up the Baltimore series, the Kansas City Royals will have just two series against non-AL Central Division teams. And those two series come against teams from the National League Central Division—Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
After a long season that never had a chance, don’t expect the Kansas City Royals to put up much of a fight on the way out the door. Even if they want to stay focused, the schedule does them no favors down the stretch.
By the time the long, excruciating season comes to a close, the team’s recent run of success will seem but a distant memory.
Prediction: 11-17 (End of season record, 71-91)
So what do you think, Royals fans? What part of the schedule sticks out most to you? How do you see the team doing in 2018? Let us know in the comments and on social media.