The All-Star break is always a great time to take a look at your team and evaluate where they are and where they’re heading. You know, because we’re all experts and evaluating and predicting is what we do. That is the beautiful thing about baseball.
As down as the fan base was six weeks ago, one could assume the Kansas City Royals would be out of the hunt right now.
Things were bleak there for awhile, to be sure. But for those that have been paying attention, the Royals have never been worse than 4 games below .500. That low-water mark came after they finished getting swept (at home) by the Astros on May 28th.
Since that embarrassing sweep, the Royals have been better. They’ve gone 24-18, which includes losing three out of four to the Tigers to end the 1st half. All this is to say… They haven’t been as sporadic and inconsistent as one might think.
As we look towards the Royals’ 2nd half odyssey, the first thing that jumps out at me is their schedule. They have 36 games remaining against their division (10 vs the White Sox, 10 vs the Twins, 10 vs the Indians and 6 vs the Tigers).
Two ways to look at that. One, “Sweet, we play everyone 10 times except the Tigers.” Or two, “We only have six more opportunities to make up ground by beating the Tigers.” Either way, division games are important regardless of the opponent.
Their 68 remaining games are split right down the middle in terms of home games (34) and away games (34).