With the Royals coming off a disappointing weekend in Chicago, things don’t look too much brighter as they come home. Tonight they will start a stretch of 7 games that doesn’t get any harder. They open a 3 game set tonight against the Yankees and then followed by a 4 game weekend home stand against first place Boston.
Kauffman stadium will be fuller than usual, because it always is when these two teams come to town. The organization knows this, because they call these the “premium” games that have special prices. Is that not an insult to injury for Royals fans? Not only do we get to witness 7 straight games that will probably end in an L for the Royals, but the team is going to take advantage of whose in town and charge you a few extra bucks. Royals fans must pay extra to see “real” baseball organizations.
I guess when a 200 million dollar, 72-46 Yankees team comes in to town, people get excited to see what real baseball is. The playoffs every year consist of 6 teams who have extremely large pay rolls and then a couple underdogs that fought and scraped their way in. Boston and New York will be staples in October baseball, but the Royals need to find a way to scrape. This will be a good measure test for the Royals young talent, now that the majority of our future is in the starting line-up. No matter what year it is, 2013 or 2017, if the Royals find themselves in the playoffs, they have to learn how to beat the goliaths of baseball.
If the Royals can win 3 of the next 7, I consider that a big success. It shows that our young guys can compete with the best in baseball with sub-par starting pitching. It seems like the Royals are playing better baseball, they just can’t figure out how to win games. It is ok, I understand the learning process when your oldest infielder is 26. This week just makes it extra important for confidence building. If they can win 4 of 7, I think you see a different team the rest of the year. If they go 0-7, then I expect them to go about 15-26 the rest of the way out.