The Kansas City Royals are headed to New York for a four game set with the 11-18 Yankees–one of the worst teams in baseball.
To the Yankees’ credit, injuries have been a problem of late to some main components to their offensive attack, but without a doubt, the Bronx Bombers are nowhere near where they’d like to be as an organization in recent years.
Kansas City, on the other hand, has experienced plenty of winning, although this season has been a struggle to say the least. Just 3-9 over their last 12 games, the Royals need a big series in New York in order to get the taste of losing out of their mouths.
The Royals could also use some offensive support for not only its pitching staff, but for Eric Hosmer in the lineup. Of the five major offensive statistics–batting average, home runs, RBI’s, on base percentage, hits–Hosmer leads the team in four of them, with Mike Moustakas currently leading the team with 7 homers.
Lorenzo Cain has been hitting well of late, which is a positive sign for a player which had been stuck in a hitting slump for most of the season. His .259 average is the next closest to Hosmer’s .336, which is not the type of stat you want to see from the remaining eight players in your lineup if you’re Ned Yost.
As it is with each series in baseball, whether you’ve won or lost your last one, you now have a clean slate with a different team for the next several days, and for both teams looking to change their luck around, the Monday-Thursday matchup could be a stepping-stone to better play ahead.
Chris Young takes the hill for KC with a 1-4 record and looking to go out and throw a solid game. Royals hitters need to do their part offensively, but Young needs to avoid giving up early runs and putting himself in a hole and putting the offense in a pressure-packed situation to get big, run-scoring hits.
The Royals thrived on controlling the entirety of games last season–not so much this year, which is why they are currently a .500 ball club.
Kansas City will return home for a weekend series with the Atlanta Braves followed by the Boston Red Sox. With beautiful weather upon us and a great baseball atmosphere at Kauffman Stadium, don’t miss out on your chance to cheer on your Royals up close and personal.
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