Kansas City Royals: Offense is Really Struggling in First Week

Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) - Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) - Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Royals dropped to 2-6 on Wednesday night and were fortunate to scratch out three runs late in the game against the Athletics. Their offense has been absolutely atrocious.

This is not the start that KC Royals fans had hoped for. Not only is the bullpen not even close to what it once was, but the offense looks like one of the worst in all of Major League Baseball.

In fact, as of April 14th, the Royals rank second to last in the majors as far as runs scored with 24. The only team trailing them are the Toronto Blue Jays, who have one less run than the Royals through eight games.

This is simply unacceptable for a team who went to two World Series and won the damn thing in 2015. The team might not be the exact same, but they’re pretty dang close.

If this were to happen next year, I’d get it because a lot of the core guys will be gone, but Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Moustakas are all in Kansas City still. There is no reason for the Royals to be this bad at the plate.

Throughout their first eight games, the Royals really haven’t lit anyone up that’s pitched against them. The last two A’s starters they’ve faced have ended up looking like aces, as neither allowed a run against this horrible Royals offense.

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Brandon Moss, who was signed to be the team’s designated hitter, has been awful. He’s had one hit in 20 at bats, has a batting average of .050, and has struck out 11 times. With Moss being the new guy in town, fans will turn on him quickly if he doesn’t start hitting soon.

Moss did struggle at the end of last season with the Cardinals, only batting .091 in his last 99 at bats, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

If the designated hitter is struggling, then the rest of the team needs to pick him up, and that isn’t happening. Only Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Salvador Perez are batting above .250 at the moment and a lot of their averages stem from their home runs (Moose has three, Perez has four).

If the Kansas City Royals don’t want the band to break up this season, then they need to start hitting. The fan base will not be patient and if the Royals drop any further than ten below .500, the fire sale could begin sooner rather than later.