For the fourth consecutive day, a Kansas City Royals home game ends with the away team celebrating victory on KC’s home turf. Today brings the third straight loss to the Royals’ arch rival Detroit Tigers to cap a thoroughly uncompetitive series sweep. Detroit is now comfortable at the top of the division, and the Royals are comfortably below .500. Oh, what a difference a (horrible) series can make.
KC entered this series as a winning team at 14-13 with a realistic chance to catch up to the first place Tigers soon. Detroit was 14-9 before the series began, meaning the Royals would actually have taken a slight lead in the division if they swept the series. Detroit has now held KC winless in five games this season. This three-game series was just as depressingly bland as the first two Tigers games were heartbreaking.
After starting off the season strong at home, KC has now lost their fourth straight game in front of a disappointed home crowd. Although the sky is falling for Royals fans everywhere, the club will quickly get their chance to right the ship. They now look forward to shaking all this off against the struggling San Diego Padres, starting tomorrow. The Royals have seven road games against sub-.500 opponents in the next seven days, so although they can’t give fans at Kauffman a good show, they can at least salvage the rest of this month.
This is the consolation KC must cling to after losing every game of this series in embarrassing, blowout fashion. The Tigers totaled 42 hits and 26 runs in this three-game series, while KC managed only 16 hits and 8 runs. Justin Verlander held the Royals hitless for the first 5 2/3rds innings today to hand the Royals their first loss in a game in which they’ve scored more four or more runs.
Detroit now holds the best record in the American League and a 4.5 game lead in what was just recently a super-competitive division. KC finds themselves in fourth place in the Central. Detroit has won their last five games, and the Royals have lost their last four.
Oh, and the Tigers will go on to play four games in Detroit against the Houston Astros — easily the worst team in baseball — then three more home games against the recently regressing Minnesota Twins. The mood in the clubhouse may not be ideal, but the pressure is still on to play well through this upcoming road trip. I’m not sure how many fans can handle another disastrous May.