The Kansas City Royals must not like opening day because for the fifth-straight season they take a loss in their initial contest. Maybe they should consider just skipping straight to the second game of the season. On Monday they faced the Chicago White Sox and were unable to come up with the big hit when needed and lost 1-0.
James Shields started for the Royals and pitched six decent innings. Unfortunately his opponent on the mound, Chris Sale, pitched just a bit better than he did.
Sale hadn’t had the greatest success against the Royals in his career. Last season Kansas City was able to pin three of Sale’s eight losses on him. On Monday he scattered seven hits and walked just one while striking out seven.
Of course it is just the first of 162 games, but it isn’t the start that the new-look Royals wanted to get off to. They weren’t completely dominated in the game, but they left eight men on base in the game. Mike Moustakas was unable to come through in his four at bats and he had six men on when he came to the plate. In the third inning the Royals were unable to score with the bases loaded with just one out with the third and fourth hitters up. They allowed Sale to wiggle out of trouble.
If the Kansas City wants to make a run at the playoffs they need to take advantage of those prime situations. If they don’t then these are just the same old Royals.