The Kansas City Royals were stunted offensively yet again last night, as they lost in front of another home crowd to the 21-32 Houston Astros. With the help of unknown but impressive starter Collin McHugh, the Astros allowed only five KC batters to reach base safely.
McHugh retired five of the first seven batters he faced via strikeout. Both starters had at least four Ks through less than four innings, but KC went on to strike out eight times in just 4.1 innings. McHugh finished the game with seven scoreless innings, nine strikeouts and zero walks. Not much more can be said about how pitiful this Royals’ offense continues to look.
In an integral home series against the team with far and away the lowest payroll in the MLB, KC managed to score only two runs in two games so far. Game 1 frustrated fans at Kauffman Stadium by being completely uncompetitive, and yesterday’s game managed to inspire anger in a wholly different manner. Despite another sterling start from veteran Jeremy Guthrie, the Royals find themselves as far away from .500 as they’ve ever been this season.
Only the aimless and injured Cleveland Indians now hold a worse record in the division than KC, but all four non-leading teams are within 2.5 games in the standings. While the remaining two-thirds of the season affords fans plenty of time for hope, true confidence in the Royals is currently harder to find than a Beck album that isn’t weird or a Miley Cyrus headline that isn’t nauseating.