The Kansas City Royals carried their offensive success against the Baltimore Orioles with them into last night’s first game of a home series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Yesterday’s win brings them above .500 once again, but there’s no doubt that KC and their fans wanted more from the start of this season.
KC has won five out of eight series so far this year, sweeping one series and being swept themselves in another. The Royals are 6-4 against teams that are currently below .500, but they’re 6-6 against teams one game above or exactly at .500. Teams like the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox have been more competitive than KC fans had either hoped or anticipated to start the season, but the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore both expected more success than they’ve experienced so far.
The Royals have yet to win a series against a decisively good ball club this season, but you can barely hold it against them, since they’ve only had a single chance to do so. The only team Kansas City has played that now stands more than one game above .500 is Detroit, and these two clubs only played twice to start the season. I mentioned that KC needed to take advantage of a soft April schedule, but with only one game left this month they’ve barely earned a winning record.
KC and their fans surely wanted more out of this season’s beginning, but with their early offensive struggles, they should still just be happy with a winning record. With the bats and the weather both heating up at Kauffman, the Royals should bring much more mojo with them into May.