Even on a night when the Kansas City Royals broke out for five runs on 11 hits, there was still little to get excited about as they fell for the fourth straight time on Monday, dropping a 6-5 decision at the hands of the lowly Houston Astros.
That outburst was muted, not only because it came in a loss, but also due to the fact it came at the expense of an awful Astros pitching staff. That’s not to mention that only three of the 11 hits Kansas City collected went for extra bases.
When they’re rolling, the Royals can put up five runs in their sleep. That hasn’t been the case lately though, as they’ve been held to three runs or less in nine of their last 14 games.
Facing right-handed pitching has been their downfall. The Royals check into Tuesday’s game hitting a collective .251 while averaging under four runs per nine innings against righties this season. By contrast, they’re hitting 31 points higher and averaging north of five runs per game against southpaws.
Another right-handed starter awaits on Tuesday, as the opposing Astros will hand the ball to Bud Norris. With Lorenzo Cain going 0-for-4 at the dish on Monday, only two Royals regulars are left hitting better than .300 on the season; Alex Gordon (.343) and Salvador Perez (.308).
The good news is that the Royals will return home after wrapping things up in Houston, opening a four-game series against the disappointing Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.
There’s still work to be done in Houston. Fans in Kansas City are hoping the result won’t lead them to another sleepless night.