Baseball can be a truly weird game sometimes. Sorry if that’s not the profound, Posnanskian angle you were hoping for, but it’s the theme of this article because it deserves some attention.
The Kansas City Royals just got thoroughly embarrassed in front of their home crowd in three straight games against the worst team in baseball. Then, they headed to Canada to play four against the hottest team in the MLB, a Toronto Blue Jays team that won nine straight heading into the series. Doesn’t that practically spell out failure for the Royals?
Against all logic, Kansas City has made the most of their trip north with two uplifting victories in a row against the team currently leading (what many believe to be) the best division in baseball. This includes a much-needed extra-innings win on Thursday and a pitching performance yesterday that held the high-flying Jays to one measly run scored. How does that make sense?
The statistical strangeness doesn’t stop there. KC scored one or less run in 25 percent of their games this month (7 of 28) and 13 times overall this year. Contrarily, they’ve also scored seven or more runs in a game 10 times this season.
The Royals have now gone deep four times in three days and in three consecutive games immediately after going 10 solid days between homers. After scoring just five runs total in their three-game trouncing at the hands of the Houston Astros, KC has scored 14 in two games in Toronto.
Let’s not question it. Let’s just hope it isn’t a fluke. Let’s slowly tap our knuckles on the nearest wooden surface and thank our lucky stars that things didn’t get immediately worse. That’s my plan.