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Old 05-11-2016, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Looking at the Royals schedule: they don't have a single home stand the first half of the season where they play 3 straight opponents at home as their longest home streaks for the first half are a couple of 7 games with 2 teams: The first is May 26-June 1 when the White Sox come in for 4 and the Rays come in for 3, and the second is June 13-19 when the Indians come in for 3 and the Tigers come in for 4.


On the flip side the Royals would have had 2 sets of road trips that are 3 cities long, the longest being 10 games through Cleveland (4 games), Chicago White Sox (3 games) and Baltimore (3 games). Since they play the first series of the second half on the road in their first 93 games they would've played 49 on the road compared to 43 at home so they'll have slightly more home games down the stretch than road games. In the second half, they have no 3 city road trip as their longest road trip the second half of the season is 8 games (4 in Tampa and 4 in Texas) while their longest home stand is 9 games (3 vs. Cleveland, Angels and Texas). Their longest home stand at any point is when they play 12 of 14 and 16 of 26 at home between June 13 and July 10.


Only the White Sox in the division and the Rays out of the East have gone to the Pacific time zone this year, but the White Sox head back there a second time to Anaheim & Seattle, the Rays have 2 trips back there (Oakland, Dodgers along with Colorado on 1 & Arizona on the other) while the Royals have already done that twice and don't have to head back there until 2017, so the travel that the Royals experienced in April will now be experienced by the other 9 teams in the Central & East. Also to note: The East plays the NL West in interleague play so aside from the 3 regularly scheduled series in Anaheim, Oakland & Seattle, those teams may go back a 3rd time or even a 4th time out West to play the NL counterparts. The Rays, Orioles, Red Sox, and Blue Jays all make 3 trips to the Pacific time zone while the Yankees make 3 as well and make a 4th trip out to Colorado on top of that. The Blue Jays, a team the Royals could potentially be playing for a Wildcard spot, has their last road trip of the season to Anaheim & Seattle. I'd rather get those trips out of the way within the first 20 games when you have 140 to right yourself, then play those in the final 10 games where you have no room for error.
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Old 05-13-2016, 08:06 AM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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I hope the Royals can make it back to the playoffs. I'm not so sure about Kennedy (70 million?) or even bringing back Soria. But the Royals seem to find ways to win games regardless of their shortcomings.
Hard to believe we're at this point: Third place, 16-18.

16-18???

It's a long season, but the Royals should be able to get back their stride.
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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Hard to believe we're at this point: Third place, 16-18.

16-18???

It's a long season, but the Royals should be able to get back their stride.
Well it didn't take as long as I thought it would.

Royals have three of their top players injured and they have still managed to climb into first place in the AL Central.

The chemistry on that team is incredible and probably the number one reason they are so competitive. When the new guys come up from the minors, the feed off the energy and step right up.

Such a fun team to watch.
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:15 AM
 
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Went into Cleveland 1.5 games up 7 losses later 2.5 back of Cleveland 0-7 so far through the longest road trip of the first half. Chicago is the final stop where the Sox will have Sale & Quintana throwing the first 2 games.
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Old 06-11-2016, 01:17 PM
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This sure is a streaky Royals team. Three weeks ago, they were at .500.

Three weeks later, they are still at .500 and now with an eight-game losing streak. Guess the recent hot stretch they had meant nothing.
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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This sure is a streaky Royals team. Three weeks ago, they were at .500.

Three weeks later, they are still at .500 and now with an eight-game losing streak. Guess the recent hot stretch they had meant nothing.
The Royals remain relentless and even with all their injuries, are just not going away. They have been very streaky this year for sure, but somehow they seem to come out of it and bounce back. They continue to bring up young guys that thrive with this club, so they could be competitive for a while now. If they can get back to the playoffs, anything is possible.
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Old 06-19-2016, 02:33 PM
 
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What I've taken away from this year with bringing up and using guys such as Fuentes, Eibner, Merrifield, Cuthbert, and Colon is that we're in pretty good shape. The past 2 games before today we've scored what, 27 runs?? Morales is getting back on track, we're having a breakout season from Hos, Gordon is coming back soon, the guys we have brought up are fitting right in, our pitching has been good enough, our offense is heating up (we have been streaky this year, hopefully we can get more consistent), and we were right in the mix of the division despite a -20 run differential.

And we've still got lots of time to figure out our farm system guys situation, get Escobar's confidence back up, get KMo back to his old self, and we'll be in business.

Just gotta get to the playoffs and see where it takes us.
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Old 06-19-2016, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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KC still has the best bullpen in the AL, what is down this year is the offense. In 2015 they averaged 4.46 runs per game, this season it is 4.11. This declines hurts more because overall, it is a higher scoring environment than 2015. So, they are down offensively, but also down relative to the rest of the league.
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Old 06-23-2016, 05:23 PM
 
Location: A Land Not So Far Away
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The Royals remain relentless and even with all their injuries, are just not going away. They have been very streaky this year for sure, but somehow they seem to come out of it and bounce back. They continue to bring up young guys that thrive with this club, so they could be competitive for a while now. If they can get back to the playoffs, anything is possible.
There's still plenty of time for the Royals. Just three and a half back of Cleveland. Lots of baseball still left. There's no way Cleveland hangs on.
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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It would be nice if KC could start to win some games on the road.


And malfunction, the Indians seem like the real deal.
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