The Royals will wrap up the month of April on the Wednesday, and with only two games remaining in the month, the Royals have just ten home runs, by far the fewest in the Majors and equalled by White Sox rookie slugger Jose Abreu all on his own. It has been a severe power outage for the Royals, but where does it stand in franchise history as far aw powerlessness?
Out of all full months in Royals history (with "full month" defined as 20 games or more), only four have featured fewer Royals home runs thant the ten the Royals have hit in April. They are:
What was the greatest home-run hitting month in franchise history? That would be a tie between the August 1987 and August 1997 Royals - each hit 43 home runs. Chili Davis'12 home runs in August of 1997 outpace the entire 2014 Royals in April.
Despite the lack of power, the 2014 club has held serve thus far, splitting their first 24 games. Cool weather has depressed home run numbers a bit, and we should expect more power from guys like Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, and Eric Hosmer going forward. And if not, well, we can always rotate hitting coaches again, right?