Last season was not a banner year for the Royals, but then again it’s been so long since they’ve gotten one they may not remember what a banner even looks like.
The team went 86-76 on the season with a home record of 44-37 and an away record of 42-39.
Eric Hosmer had an above career average season last year with 17 home runs, 79 RBI and a .302 batting average. According to an ESPN article, if he keeps producing at this rate he will be a 30 home run first basemen.
In the offseason the Royals lost starting pitcher Ervin Santana and pitcher Will Smith. They acquired Danny Valencia and Omar Infante, both infielders. The Royals also re-signed pitcher Bruce Chen.
Hitting is the main area of focus for the Royals to improve upon. They were last in the A.L. with 112 home runs last season and were ranked 24th in slugging percentage with .379.
Alcides Escobar, who had a subpar season last year with a batting average of .234 and on base percentage of .250, is one player that the Royals will hope to have a bounce back season.
While most of the Royals may have struggled at the plate, pitching was one area where the team was not terrible.
James Shields had a great season last year with a 13-9 record and 196 strikeouts. The Royals pitching staff had an ERA of 3.45 and were ranked sixth overall in the category.
The Royals are predicted by ESPN to go 79-83. They haven’t been to the playoffs in almost 30 years, since 1985 to be exact.
To put that into perspective, the last time they were in the playoffs Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” album was number one, Ronald Reagan hadn’t smashed Gorbachev’s wall, and over half of the Royals players had not even been born yet.
If their numbers stay the way they are the team might have to wait another 30 years to see a playoff birth.