This was supposed to be the year for the Kansas City Royals, the year Royal’s fans found redemption for a playoff drought that has lasted nearly thirty years.
Dayton Moore’s “process” has been going on for eight years, and Royal’s fans have patiently waited for a cheap, horribly ran, and overall laughable franchise to make fans feel proud to be at the games and wearing their logo. As it stands now, the process hasn’t been a success, and the Royal’s playoff chances seem to be on life support. The plug may be pulled soon.
The real question is, do the Royals have the ability to produce ninety wins? As of July 13, 2014, the Kansas City Royals have a record of 47-46. The Royals have been on a massive slide since their ten game win streak in early June, going 8-14. Today Chen goes up against Verlander, and saying that the Royals have struggled on offense is an understatement. This leads me to believe that today will bring another loss to the Detroit Tigers, leaving the Royals at .500 going into the All-Star break. What do the Royals have to do to revive their season?
After the All-Star break the Kansas City Royals will have 66 games remaining, in order to reach the magical ninety win total the Royals need to go 43-23, a win-loss percentage of .652. To put into perspective how difficult that is, the magical run the 2013 Kansas City Royals went on after the All-Star break only produced a win percentage of .614. Manger Ned Yost said “We know we’re a second half team”. Last year’s record leads me to believe he may be right, but the numbers lead me to believe that it won’t matter.
The Kansas City Royals have a major uphill climb. Injuries are beginning to creep up, and if the team continues their lackluster performance on offense, ending the season at .500 will be like… “Winning the World Series”- Dayton Moore. Dayton Moore as continued to state that the team will not be making major roster moves as the trade deadline approaches, but if this club wants to have any chance at playoff success, a move or two will need to be made.