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Royals close out season’s first half with 10-1 loss

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Oh hey, another loss!

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals lost again. It’s probably because Steve Physioc was calling the game.

The first half of the season is finally over, and Kansas City’s record is 27-68. They had never been 40+ games under .500 at the break, but here we are. I’ve never seen anything quite like that.

On Sunday, it was a 10-1 defeat to the White Sox that concluded the worst first half in Royals history. They decided to start Burch Smith and somehow thought that he would hold it down, I guess.

The only offensive highlights came in the eighth inning. Adalberto Mondesi, who actually started at shortstop today, hit a homer to right. It was his third of the year. Also, Whit Merrifield hit a double in the frame. He has 30 doubles this year and somehow is not an All Star.

Smith gave up two runs in his two innings. Brian Flynn came in and gave up two more runs in two more innings. Then the great Enny Romero came in and gave up five runs in the fifth inning of death. Jason Adam joined the party by giving one up himself later on. Ned Yost knew that today would be a “bullpen day,” but like... normally “bullpen games” aren’t made up of horrible bullpens.

Enny Romero, by the way, has given up 9 runs in 4 innings as a Royals pitcher. His ERA is 20.25.

Lucas Giolito started this game for the White Sox with a WHIP of 1.56 and an ERA of 6.59. He two-hit the Royals in 6.1 innings. This team is a clown show.

These morons are rebuilding, yet they started 32-year-old Paulo Orlando and 35-year-old Drew Butera. They have no remote idea how when you’re rebuilding, you shouldn’t be playing old, terrible veterans. Play literally anybody else. Quite literally ANYBODY else. (Shockingly, Orlando and Butera combined to go 0-for-7)

The White Sox, who are terrible themselves (30 games under .500), are 7-3 against the Royals this year. At least Matt freaking Davidson didn’t hit 15 homers against them this series.

At least Escobar didn’t play.

Up next: well, Salvador Perez starts the All Star game on Tuesday night, but the team plays again on Friday when Minnesota comes into Kauffman Stadium. The rotation should be reset. Maybe Burch Smith will start that game too.