The undefeated streak was over. 14 consecutive wins with scoring 4+ runs or more came to an end Sunday afternoon. Following a sweep of the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers. This weekend series brought a sour and somber tone to Royals faithful. While also allowing the past May miseries of seasons prior to creep back into the player's play.
So far, the Royals are sitting in 4th Place in a jam-pacted Central Division. Continuously getting taken aback in the standings by Detroit. At 14-16, the first Month and few games into May have told the records that KC is marred with a capable pitching staff not meeting its overall expectation. A bullpen that is still adapting to the learning curve of minimized depth. And an offense that is well....horrific.
Given the reasons at hand, Kansas City's offense has no business or even contending for a Postseason birth with dismal offensive output, night after night. Coming into today's match up Sunday. The Royals were ranked 2nd to last in the American League in total runs scored (behind the lowly Houston Astros). And overall 25th out of 30 in MLB. With the exception to some only the Atlanta Braves 98 total runs have posted an over .500 record. What this all currently means is that the Royals are simply in the wrong league (division per say). To win pennants yearly accompanied by lack of run production.
Put it this way, the Royals have a better shot at winning if they were in the National League compared to the American League. One is Kauffman Stadium is naturally made to fit for NL teams. And secondly, if you don't hit regular bombs over the fences, you don't win a whole lot of games. IE: Ask 2013 Boston Red Sox. Granted, that offense was much more loaded in terms of an offensive driven standpoint. But, adding up the entire runs produced by all 15 American League teams. The avg. run total marks out to be roughly 130. Whereas, National League is rated significantly lower at 119.
The San Fransisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, and Milwaukee Brewers all boast so far the best records in baseball. If all were placed in American League. Milwaukee would be 4th in AL Central, Atlanta dead last in the entire American League, and the Giants 3rd best in West.
So in total, offense is what drives home winning records in the American League. What the Royals as of late lowers the chances of winning the pennant or Wild Card shots. Frankly, its not just the offense producing, but the pitching and defense scuffling as well. Sure the case made is a wild notion of thinking. But without offense to turn your chances for success are bar none.