The Royals have lost five of their last six games, including most recently being swept in a three-game series by the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the losing streak the Royals are currently sitting in fourth place and are eight games behind the White Sox for the division lead.
The Royals are also in danger of falling into last place as they are only a half-game ahead of the Twins for fifth place. If the Royals have a good week they could make up some ground on the Tigers who are in third place and 3.5 games ahead of the Royals.
The next series for the Royals is at home against the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-game series.