If the Kansas City Royals are serious about making a legitimate push for a playoff berth, they need to make a big move right now. If they aren’t willing to add payroll, or trade prospects for an established player to upgrade this roster, then now is time to start dismantling too.
This weekend series against the Detroit Tigers should have made things crystal clear to ownership, management, and fans that the Kansas City Royals are a player or two short of being good enough to make it to the post season. Winning the last game of the series didn’t change that.
It will be very difficult to overcome Detroit when the Royals are 6.5 games back.
If ownership and management want to stand pat, they might as well start selling off pieces right now because this team is not good enough to win a wild card spot, and certainly not good enough to beat out the Tigers.
I want to make something very clear. I want the Royals to go for it. This may be their best chance to play themselves into contention.
So far this season, only the Oakland A’s have stood out as dominating, and maybe the Los Angeles Angels, who are only a game and a half behind the A’s going into Sunday.
The Royals are only 2.5 games out of the second wild card spot, spot but their offense continues to be brutally awful at times.
Going into Sunday, Kansas City is 4th in the American League in Batting average at .264, but they are 11th in On Base Percentage (.314), 13th in Slugging Percentage (.377), 13th in OPS (.691), last in home runs (55), last in extra base hits (238), last in walks (222), and 10th in runs scored (378).
Their pitching has been solid for most of the season. They are 3rd in the AL in ERA (3.78), and 6th in WHIP (1.30). The pitching has kept the Royals in most games, yet it is not a dominating staff, from top to bottom.