Kansas City Royals must take advantage of weak upcoming schedule

Kansas City Royals. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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The Kansas City Royals are hitting the road for a ten-game road trip that will begin on Friday in San Diego and end next Sunday in Los Angeles. The three teams the Royals will face are also not having great seasons.

The Kansas City Royals are heading to the west coast for the next week to play three different teams. They’ll begin with a three-game series against the San Diego Padres, then head to San Francisco for two games against the Giants, and close things out with a four-game set against the Angels of Anaheim.

If the Royals want to show that they can make things interesting down the stretch, then they HAVE to win all three of these series. These  teams are equally as blah as the Royals are this year, but the Royals have shown that they have the ability to be the team we’ve seen of old. They just haven’t done it on a consistent enough basis.

First up will be the Padres, who probably wish they had the  team from the FOX series “Pitch”. To put it nicely, this is a rebuilding season for the Padres, who are 23-38 and in last place in their division.

A lot of the issues with San Diego this season is that they have eight rookies on their roster and their starting pitching is struggling big time. Their starters this weekend are Jhoulys Chacin (5.65 ERA), Miguel Diaz (7.50 ERA), and Dinelson Lamet (6.92 ERA), which definitely favors the Royals.

San Diego’s offense is also bad too (yes, worse than Kansas City’s), as former Royal Wil Myers leads the Padres in batting average with a .261 average. That’s not a good leading average.

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After the Padres, the Royals will head to San Francisco to play the Giants. The Royals hosted the Giants earlier in the season and split with them. San Francisco doesn’t have Madison Bumgarner back yet and their pitching has struggled as a result.

There’s a chance the Royals could see former teammate Johnny Cueto on the mound, who has had a poor season (at least for him) with a 4.33 ERA.

The Giants have crumbled this season, sitting at 25-37 on the year, but they’re about on par with where the Royals are at. No one can figure out why they’re so bad, they just are.

Lastly, the boys in blue will have a four-game series in Anaheim with the Angels. The Royals swept the Halos at Kauffman Stadium earlier this season (back when things were still okay)  and need to take advantage of a Mike Trout-less Angels squad. Anaheim is 31-32, but like the Royals, have been an incredibly inconsistent unit.

These are three teams who are struggling to win games and the Kansas City Royals HAVE to take advantage of that if they want to go to the playoffs this season. If they lose all three series, it’s safe to say that their season will be over.

Time to prey on the weak, as the old expression goes. Let’s go Royals!