Kansas City Royals fans have been through some rough times over the past few decades, but this was supposed to be the year where everything changed.
The future at Kauffman Stadium was looking as bright as ever.
The misery was nearing an end.
Even the most skeptical of Royals fans could not have seen this disastrous start coming for the boys in blue; we knew the pitching would be far from perfect, but the hitting?
The Royals lineup was supposed to come through this year for KC, at least they could be counted on to lead the team to victories on an occasional, if not somewhat regular basis. That has not happened as of yet, and Kansas City has now yet to win a game at home in nine chances. The losing streak has grown to 10, and the promising start to the season in Anaheim seems like a distant memory now.
No one expected the Royals to compete for a division title this season, especially with the Tigers poised to make a run at a potential World Series appearance. With that said, some thought Kansas City might just have enough to sneak up on people and snag that new wildcard berth. With the Royals already 6.5 games out in the AL Central and struggling to get even one home victory; dreams of returning to the playoffs for the first time since winning it all in 1985 seem to have gone up in smoke.
Even without a playoff berth this year, Royals fans were hoping to see at the very least some improvement both in terms of record and on-field product, yet they have failed to see either of those things develop thus far in the 2012 season.
It’s still early and the Royals have plenty of time to turn things around, but will they be able to make that happen?
Eric Hosmer got things rolling in Anaheim with two home runs in the Royals opening series, but he has struggled mightily since, and he has witnessed his average plummet to an abysmal .183. It took Alex Gordon 19 at-bats to get his first hit of the season but he has now surpassed Hosmer’s average and is currently up to a whopping .190. It’s going to be tough, make that virtually impossible, for the Royals to compete on a consistent basis with their big bats, Hosmer and Gordon, struggling the way they have been.
Gordon has now hit safely in six straight games so hopefully he is beginning to turn things around after his rough start, but Hosmer needs to get his bat going as well for the Royals to end this woeful losing streak anytime soon.
Billy Butler can’t carry this team on his own. Guys need to start hitting and the lineup needs to start producing runs.
With Brandon Morrow and his power stuff on the mound tonight for the Blue Jays, Royals fans may have to wait for Derek Lowe (coming off a loss to the woeful Mariners offense) tomorrow night to see Kansas City get back in the win column.
Lets hope the bats wake up soon or it will be another long 162 games for the Kansas City faithful.