The KC Royals are seeing just enough offense to win, but their luck may run out if something doesn’t spark.
The Royals aren’t always known for making a lot of noise with their bats and so far that trend is continuing this season. The issue is that they have the pieces to actually create some good offense.
There have been some decent starts from players like Salvador Perez, Whit Merrifield, Nicky Lopez, and Michael Taylor, but it seems the offense is only coming on an as-needed basis.
They are doing exactly what is needed to win games. That’s great, but it may not hold up for the rest of the season.
The Royals are about to enter a long stretch where they will see multiple games against Cleveland and Chicago, two teams that they will be fighting with for the division lead. If they can’t turn the offense on, these teams may pass them up.
In recent games, Carlos Santana, Andrew Benintendi, Jorge Soler, and Hunter Dozier have all seen some isolated success, but more is needed.
Soler and Dozier both only recorded two hits throughout the four-game series in Detroit. While everyone else seems to be finding some sort of rhythm, these two often look a bit lost at the plate still.
There is time for them to turn things around, but they are important pieces of the Royals offense that need to start getting in good hits. They can both provide power and they both have the ability to knock in runs. They could be the difference between the Royals holding the lead or losing it to another AL Central Rival.
Two games against Detroit were won by one run. It’s important to see the Royals winning in tough situations and knowing that the bullpen can help to keep the game under control, but continuing to add some padding with a few more runs would go a long way.