The Kansas City Royals are already in the midst of a historical season that is just three weeks young, but it's not the type of history you want to be making. With their current ten-game losing streak and having lost their first nine games of the season at home, the Royals currently sit at 3-12. For a franchise that has been bad for the better part of 20 years, it's bad, even for them.
The squad is the first team since the 1995 Florida Marlins to begin the year 0-9 at home. That Marlins team would finish the year with a 65-97 record. The current Royals team seem to be on pace for a similar mark, though it seems like even that may be like a tall task at the moment.
This also likely qualifies as the worst Royals homestand in club history, with one game left. The team had an 0-8 homestand in 2005 and were 2-11 in a 13-game homestand back in 1974.
Sunday was just bad fundamental baseball with Humberto Quintero, whom the Royals acquired for his defense, throwing out to second base with two outs in the inning on a double steal that allowed Brett Lawrie to steal home.
Then when the Royals get on base, Jason Bourgeois gets caught in a run down between first and second base on an attempted steal. Of course the one offensive category the Royals lead the league in is how many runners have been caught stealing thus far.
The part that is the hardest to accept is there is no quick fix, though it seems like we as fans have been putting up with the same circus show for two decades. It's frustrating knowing the season is over for the most part, when we aren't even a tenth of the way through the season. Could the Royals suddenly run off a string of 15 straight victories and right the ship? Sure, the possibility is always out there. However you are just as likely to win the Powerball.
For this team to have hopes of reaching .500 on the season they already have to play roughly two games above .500 for each month the rest of the season, which is asking a lot of this team. "Our Time" has quickly turned into a one foot forward, two steps back type of situation.
Unfortunately the only thing there is to do is ride this thing out. Firing manager Ned Yost isn't going to magically solve all the problems, and neither is putting general manager Dayton Moore on the hot seat. While the seat for both should be warm, this team needs a spark to get things turned around.
Bats need to start heating up, Felipe Paulino needs to return from the disabled list and pitch similar to last season, and Lorenzo Cain needs to get back to playing outstanding defense in center field and so on. It's almost comical when you think of all the minor things that the Royals needs to change to get back to playing winning baseball.
Stick with it Kansas City fans, I can't promise to have answers or know what needs to be done to get things turned around, all I know is it can't get much worse than it already is.