*The following is not nearly as in-depth as a lot of the posts I've read here and is pretty poorly written in comparison too. That said, this is just a quick attempt to point out with simple numbers just how screwed we are. Run totals were not averaged and the outlook would actually be a lot worse if they were. I did use runs per game stats in the last paragraph but don't have the time to go back and adjust the rest.
Through the first 11 series the Royals offensive woes have been difficult to overcome. The remaining 18 will prove impossible with the current offense. As Royals fans, we've been so aggravated by this punchless team that we have been focusing our attention in the wrong direction. Instead of looking back, let's take a look ahead at the upcoming schedule and the inevitable train-wreck that is quickly approaching.
The average rank of Royals opponents total runs through the first 11 series is 13th. With the boys sitting at 22nd in runs scored through 34 games (5 teams behind them have played 33) they're very fortunate that only 4 of those series were against teams with a winning record. Out of those 4 series the Royals won 2 (BAL / TOR) and were swept in the 2 versus Detroit. The 18 to come (The current Seattle series excluded) will feature 11 teams with .500 or better records and 8 more games against the Tigers. The average rank for opponents in the remaining series before the break is 11th. Not too far below the first 11 series but if you take away the 2 against the Lastros and Cards the average drops to 9th.
After they finish up the 1-3 series with Seattle the next 6 series could put them in another May free-fall and have us talking Chiefs before June.... again. From May 13th to June 1st we will face off with the 1st, 9th, 2nd, 3rd, 28th and 4th ranked offensive teams in runs per game. Yeesh, this could get ugly in a hurry. Get ready for the fire sale folks.