The Kansas City Royals didn’t have the July they wanted, either offensively or with their pitching staff, but all hope is not lost. August may look daunting with its seven games against the AL-leading Oakland Athletics in the first two weeks, but the competition gets much easier for KC after that.
The Royals actually play just 11 games against teams that currently have winning records, and seven of them are with the legitimately frightening Oakland A’s. KC starts the month with three in Oakland, takes an off-day on Monday and travels for three road games with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona is currently 47-61 and only avoiding last place thanks to the Colorado Rockies, an awful team that KC also plays in August.
After their three games with Arizona, the Royals immediately head home for three more against the San Francisco Giants, followed by a grueling four-game series with the A’s. San Fran barely leads several other good NL teams for the No. 1 Wild Card seed with a 58-50 record. The Royals follow up their latter series with Oakland with nine games in ten days against the Minnesota Twins, the Rockies and the Texas Rangers. All three of these teams are in last place in their respective divisions, and the Twins lead them all with 48 wins.
After this nine-game road trip that KC should absolutely dominate, the Royals return to the K once more, starting with a makeup game with the New York Yankees on the Aug. 25. KC will round out the month of August at home with consecutive three-game series against the Twins and the Cleveland Indians. Now that Cleveland just dealt Justin Masterson, it will be interesting to see if the Indians are still relevant at that point. If so, it could make for one historic series at Kauffman beginning on the Aug. 29.