Kansas City Royals: Mike Moustakas and the Curse of Steve Balboni

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 15: Mike Moustakas
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 15: Mike Moustakas /
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Does it Even Matter?

The timing of Moustakas’ rough patch has made a big impact on the Kansas City Royals’ declining postseason chances. He is far from the only one who has been out of sorts over the past month, but his inability to break a record he looked ready to set well before Labor Day has been a microcosm for the team’s second-half decline.

In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter whether or not Moustakas eventually separates himself from Balboni to sit alone atop the Kansas City Royals home run charts. He has had an incredible individual season and the Royals have had a disappointing collective season. A 37th home run will not change any of that.

However, with the Kansas City Royals all but certain to not reach the postseason, Moustakas setting the record could serve as a nice positive in a season without many. It also would be a nice way to send Moose out if this proves to be the free agent’s final season in Kansas City.

Maybe, Moustakas is just waiting for the Kansas City Royals’ final homestand to set the record in front of the hometown fans. Or at least that’s what those fans who shell out for parking can tell themselves.

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What do you think, fans? Will Moustakas break the record? If so, when will he launch his 37th home run? Let us know it the comments and on social media.