Apr 12, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain (6) catches a fly ball in the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Twins won 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals: A Power Surge?

The Kansas City Royals had a remarkable Mother’s Day. Thanks to Alcides Escobar’s first career grand slam and a three-run bomb by the recently re-called Johnny Giavotella, the Royals had an outburst of power that Royals fans have been waiting for.

Through Sunday (37 games) the Royals are 18-19. At this point last year, they were 20-17. However, the Royals went 1-12 over their next 13 games last year and were sitting at 21-29 thru 50 games.  I simply refuse to believe the Royals will lose 12 of their next 13 games. Matter of fact, I’m going to out on a really large limb and guaranteeing that it won’t happen again this year.

Through the first 37 games of this season, it’s safe to say the Kansas City Royals offense has been a disappointment. That said, a lot of the numbers are actually matching up with last year’s final output. Now that’s not to say the Royals’ offense would have been mistaken for being explosive last year. In 2013, they ranked 6th in the A.L. in total hits, 12th in doubles, 2nd in triples, and 15th in home runs.

Ah, those pesky home runs. One hopes that will change once the weather gets hot. But the lack of power from the offense remains the major concern for most fans.

This season, the Kansas City Royals are on pace for 1,430 hits. Their current pace includes the following breakdown… 1,010 singles, 319 doubles, 31 triples and just 70 home runs.

Last year, the Royals finished with a total of 1,443 hits. That included 1,043 singles, 254 doubles, 34 triples and 112 home runs.

The numbers are extremely similar. The main difference? Some of last year’s home runs have turned into doubles so far this season. Again, there’s a good chance those doubles and home runs numbers start evening out once we get into the summer months. But at this point, that’s simply a hope and we shall see.

Beginning Tuesday night, the Royals play their next nine games at Kauffman.  Time to make some hay.  The three teams they play (Rockies, Orioles and White Sox) have a bunch of sluggers.  It will be a pretty simple formula, the Royals’ pitching staff will need to do their best to contain the sluggers and the offense has to prove that they weren’t just showing off their power for their moms on Mother’s Day.

A 5-4 finish on this homestand is a must.  A 6-3 outcome would be really good.  A 7-2 homestand should restore some faith back in the fan base.  Speaking of the fan base… Let’s all get out there and support them during this homestand.  A trip to Kauffman is always good for the soul.

And who knows, you might even see a home run or two from the Royals.

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