The first gap to fill for the Kansas City Royals is likely the most obvious gap seen by fans during the 2019 regular season.
First on foremost on the biggest gaps for the Kansas City Royals to fill is pitching. This includes both starting and relief pitching to be efficient, unlike the Royals pitching staff. Pitching was a problem and everyone knows about it. It was apparent throughout the entire year, and though there were very good games, there were a lot of really bad ones.
It seemed that Royals pitchers just never could figure it out in 2019. Not only did the team start the year with a bullpen that didn’t have any concrete roles, but their starting pitching was shaky early on.
The pitching struggles lasted throughout the year, causing the team to fall to the bottom of the MLB is most pitching categories, holding a team ERA of 5.20, and giving up 582 walks. The Royals have a lot of starting pitchers to work with, Brad Keller, Jakob Junis, Mike Montgomery, Danny Duffy, and even more relievers that can be expected to be seen, but the team needs to make some decisions as to who will be where.
Some players may start the season in the minors while some starters may find themselves in the bullpen. Either way, the positions need to be more solidified going into the season than they were in 2019. If the team want’s to break away from the 100 loss seasons, filling the pitching gaps is the first place to start.