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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Royals, Cards face off, each searching for answers

The Kansas City Royals travel across the state of Missouri—a three-hour drive along Interstate 70—for a quick, two-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals beginning Tuesday evening. The Cardinals own a 56-41 advantage in the all-time regular-season series.

The Royals will send right-hander Homer Bailey (4-4, 5.36 ERA) to the hill opposite the Cardinals righty Michael Wacha (3-1, 4.93).

Absent a sweep by either club, both teams will continue their run of futility. Both clubs have lost five consecutive series.

The Royals haven’t won a series since a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians from April 12-14, going 0-9-1 in 10 series during that span, and they have not won a series on the road all season.

Mind you, I’m not sure the teams’ relative performances are that close- one is approaching the league’s basement, while the other would still be third in either the NL West or NL East.

QLE Posted: May 21, 2019 at 04:48 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cardinals, royals, slump

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   1. bfan Posted: May 21, 2019 at 02:45 PM (#5844317)
Winning series is an interesting short-hand for success, but ultimately means nothing. They don't count the number of series you win at the end of the season and declare you the division winner. The fact that this is a 2 game series illustrates the point; at 1-1, you didn't "win the series", but that doesn't strike me as a disaster; you just treaded water for a couple of days.
   2. Zach Posted: May 21, 2019 at 04:24 PM (#5844350)
The Royals are having an odd season this year. The overall record is terrible, but the damage has mostly been done by the people you already expected to be bad. The guys you were hoping would improve have mostly improved.

And of course they've had terrible luck relative to Pythagoras. 209 runs vs 245 runs allowed, but the record is 16-31.

They're on a pace for 105 losses, but they're much more watchable than the hundred loss teams I've seen in the past.

   3. Zach Posted: May 21, 2019 at 04:36 PM (#5844357)
Most unexpected stat line of the year:

Terrance Gore: .400/.423/.520 OPS+ 153

That's for 25 AB in 28 games, but still.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: May 21, 2019 at 05:45 PM (#5844374)
Homer Bailey is in the majors? His arm functions?

Terrance Gore has an extra-base hit?

Alex Gordon is still hitting (unlike his RF twin Jason Heyward)

The Royals are more fascinating than I gave them credit for!
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: May 21, 2019 at 09:14 PM (#5844430)
The Royals are more fascinating than I gave them credit for

The Royals have 21 triples, eight more than runner-up Tampa, and 21 more than Cleveland. If you’re going to be bad, you might as well do it while spraying baseball’s best play all over.
   6. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: May 21, 2019 at 09:25 PM (#5844435)
Adalberto Mondesi has more triples (6) than 13 teams and more stolen bases (17) than 11 teams. He might be my favorite non-Trout player to watch right now. If only he could get that K/BB under 4...
   7. Master of the Horse Posted: May 21, 2019 at 09:41 PM (#5844444)
So Yost lives off that World Series how many years? Because the Midwest is so polite not counting the fake nice bullshit in Minnesota you figure what, 15 years?

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