Today in Royals history: Home losing streak

Ed Zurga

Apri 22, 2012 and the Royals make all the wrong kinds of history. Again.

While the heady days of a 10-7 start are staring us in the face, things were much bleaker just 365 days ago.

On this date last year, the Royals lost to the Toronto Blue Jays by a 4-1 scoreline. It was the final loss of the opening season homestand that saw the Royals lose every single game. Ten games. Ten losses.

Revisit this lineup for a moment. Remember the slow start for Alex Gordon? The times Chris Getz would bat leadoff? Eric Hosmer's struggles? (Wait, we still have that.)

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Chris Getz 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 .296 .741 14 11 -0.057 1.54 0.069 -0.127 -0.7 2 2 2B,SH
Alex Gordon LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .177 .588 14 11 -0.257 2.07 0.000 -0.257 -1.8 4 0
Billy Butler DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 .290 .817 14 9 -0.131 1.26 0.000 -0.131 -0.9
Eric Hosmer 1B 4 1 2 1 0 1 .203 .704 12 8 0.117 1.04 0.172 -0.055 1.0 9 0 HR
Jeff Francoeur RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 .246 .620 12 9 -0.063 1.06 0.030 -0.093 -0.4 0 0
Mike Moustakas 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 .286 .851 27 19 0.010 1.18 0.119 -0.109 0.2 3 4 2B,GDP
Brayan Pena C 4 0 1 0 0 1 .286 .739 15 9 -0.100 1.50 0.082 -0.182 -1.0 4 1 2B,GDP
Mitch Maier CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 .192 .707 12 8 -0.149 1.05 0.000 -0.149 -1.2 2 0
Alcides Escobar SS 2 0 2 0 1 0 .310 .838 9 3 0.178 1.06 0.178 0.000 1.4 3 5 2B
Bruce Chen P 0 1
Aaron Crow P 0 0
Jonathan Broxton P 0 0
Team Totals 33 1 9 1 1 3 .273 .779 129 87 -0.452 1.31 0.650 -1.103 -3.5 27 13

Hey! Hosmer and Mike Moustakas each collected a pair of hits. And Hosmer hit a home run. Bruce Chen gave up two home runs, accounting for three Jays runs. Jonathan Broxton allowed another run in the ninth.

The streak would reach 11 games before the Royals broke the skid against the Indians. It doesn't seem like that long ago. Because double digit losing streaks are the things that haunt our souls.

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