With 150 games remaining in the 2012 season, the Kansas City Royals find themselves 6 games behind the division leading Detroit Tigers.
Worse yet, the Royals found a way to give away every single game in the series against the Tigers: Monday – Trailing 3-2i n the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded and two out, Alex Gordon watches strike 3. Tuesday – Greg Holland fails to strand inherited base runners, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs, 1 earned. Wednesday – Jose Mijares fails to hold 3-2 lead, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned on 2 hits.
So, with recent play, the question is fair: Is the season over for the Kansas City Royals?
You might say, as I, that chances for playoffs are over because they were actually never a reality. Ok.
Then, the question becomes does “over” mean a .500 season, the high-bar set prior to the season by many fans and loval sports media. If “over” does mean a .500 season, I think it isn’t too far of a stretch to think that goal may be slipping out of reach as well.
Losers of 7 straight, with the last three given away, and the previous three with the pitching staff giving up 32 runs, the Royals seem to find a way to lose in every single manner, with Ned Yost continually tinkering with the lineup.
The Royals need to sweep the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend to give Royals fans any confidence at all. Will this happen, no, but it would be nice if it did.
Is the Season Over for the Royals?