The Kansas City Royals, like many clubs, started the 2013 season on April 1. But over the course of the month, they played on just 22 days out of 30. Two doubleheaders made for a total of 24 games, but it was still a pretty meager return.
Much of this was simply due to the weather. It has been a very cold and wet April in much of America, and the Royals had two rainouts to add to the game that was postponed due to the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
But baseball’s scheduling department has to take some of the blame too. The Royals had five scheduled off days in the month, including an absurd stretch where they had an off day, a two-game series in Atlanta, and then another off day. For comparison, the Royals only have 13 scheduled off days for the entire rest of the year (not counting the All-Star break). In no other month do the Royals have more than three scheduled off days, and they only have two in each of May, August and September.
Not only is this unfavorable now with the bats unable to get settled, it is potentially problematic later in the season. The Royals are going to have to make up for all the time they have off and are going to be left with some long streaks without an off day. The Royals would dearly love to be in contention later in the year, and the last thing they would need is to be fighting the schedule along with the other American League Central teams.
Of course, there is nothing to be done about it. The Royals will simply have to get on with affairs and try not to let it be relevant. But, it is something that the schedule maker needs to do a lot better next season.