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The Royals have some good things going for them - Hunter Dozier is among the best hitters in baseball. Alex Gordon has found the Fountain of Youth. Adalberto Mondesi has been as advertised. Whit is Whit. Jakob Junis and Brad Keller have been solid. Ian Kennedy has been surprisingly effective out of the pen.
And yet the team is 11-20, tied with the Orioles for the second-worst record in baseball. Even after Wednesday’s doubleheader sweep of the Rays, the Royals are still on pace to lose 105 games, even worse than last year’s 104-loss debacle.
And Royals fans don’t expect this year’s team to be able to avoid that 100-loss threshold, at least according to our latest FanPulse results. In a survey of Royals fans, 57 percent of them predicted the team would lose at least 100 games this year, as opposed to 43 percent that said the team would avoid hitting the century mark.
The possibility of another 100-loss season has caused further erosion to the approval ratings of manager Ned Yost. Yost began the season with a 93 percent approval rating from fans accoring to FanPulse results, but that rating has seen a steady decline and has dipped to 49 percent this week, down from 71 percent two weeks ago.
The confidence in the future of the franchise took a dip this week, but is still steady at 57 percent this week, down slightly from 62 percent last week and 64 percent to begin the year. Despite the losses, there are enough positive signs from younger players to give Royals fans hope for the future.
For this week’s national question, fans of all team sites were asked to predict the future for Blue Jays uber-prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.
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