Despite what you may have heard, scoring runs matters. A lot. The Royals haven’t been scoring runs, and they have now lost five games in a row, scoring six runs in those games. The offensive slump has been part of a larger run drought that has put the Royals dead last in the league in runs scored.
Just how bad has it been for the Royals? These stats are just an example of the futility.
The Royals' team OPS is .595. Last year, the worst OPS among 146 qualified hitters in baseball was .594.— Sam Mellinger (@mellinger) April 24, 2017
By the way, Royals just set a franchise record, scoring two runs or less in eight straight games.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) April 25, 2017
The modern MLB record for consecutive games scoring 2 or fewer runs is 11, last done by the 1978 Cardinals. Just in case you were wondering.— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) April 25, 2017
Fewest runs/game in a month, Royals:— Royals Review (@royalsreview) April 25, 2017
April 1981 2.0
April 1972 2.2
April 2017 2.6
April 1969 2.6
April 1992 2.7
the White Sox were 29th out of 30 teams in runs entering tonight. In one game, they've scored 26% of the runs KC has scored all year— Ryan Landreth (@ryan_landreth) April 25, 2017
Royals had never had a team batting average below .200 this far into a season...— Kurtis Seaboldt (@KSeaboldt) April 25, 2017
They do now (.199)…
Previous low was .207 in 1992...
Going into tonight, there have been 255 home runs in MLB with at least one runner on base. The Royals have two of them.— Royals Review (@royalsreview) April 25, 2017
Another scary Royals tidbit: They're hitting .199 as a team. Last team with an AVG under the Mendoza Line in April: 2003 Tigers - lost 119!— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) April 25, 2017
Bob Uecker .200/.287/.294 over 843 PA— Heath Cummings (@heathcummingssr) April 25, 2017
2017 #Royals .199/.261/.315 over 684 PA