The Kansas City Royals tend to be feast or famine at the plate,
and that’s been on display so far on this nine-game road trip.
Recent games in Oakland, however, have proven to only be an
The Royals will try to rebound from another rough performance at
the plate Saturday night against the Athletics.
Kansas City (20-18) is hitting .312 with 17 homers and an
average of 6.1 runs during its victories, compared to .208 with
nine homers and 2.5 runs per game in defeat.
Lorenzo Cain may be the biggest culprit, as he owns a .408
average in wins, while batting .204 in losses.
That vast swing has been grossly evident while Kansas City has
alternated wins and losses over the first four games of this
The team is hitting .381 with 20 runs in the two wins, with Cain
going 5 for 10 with five RBIs. However, he’s 0 for 4 with three
strikeouts in the losses, contributing to the Royals’ .172 average
and three runs.
Lack of offense was the issue in Friday’s series-opening 2-1
loss, as Kansas City was limited to five hits.
“I mean, it’s kind of heartbreaking,” right fielder David Lough
told the team’s official website. “Our offense just didn’t click
but we all know what we’re capable of doing.”
Poor performances at the plate are nothing new for the Royals in
Oakland (21-22), where they’ve lost four of five while totaling
eight runs with a .168 average.
Lough did provide a lift with a pair of hits and an RBI Friday
in his season debut, hours after being recalled from Triple-A Omaha
to replace Jarrod Dyson, who is on the disabled list with a
sprained right ankle.
The A’s will try to post consecutive wins for the first time
this month when they send Tommy Milone (3-5, 3.71 ERA) to the
The left-hander, though, has lost five straight starts despite a
very respectable 3.62 ERA during that span. He’s been backed by
four total runs in those games.
Milone didn’t do himself any favors Sunday, giving up five runs
– three in the first inning – and three walks before leaving after
the fifth in a 6-1 loss at Seattle.
He is 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA in two career starts against the
Royals, winning the lone matchup at home.
The Royals will counter with Ervin Santana (3-2, 2.79), who
suffered his first loss since his season debut his last time out
Sunday against the Yankees.
He gave up four runs and eight hits over 6 1-3 innings and has
allowed seven runs in his last two starts spanning 12 1-3 innings
after going 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his previous four outings – all
Kansas City victories.
“If you do the little things, you’re going to win games. That’s
how it is,” Santana told the team’s official website.
He’s certainly done that in Oakland, where he’s 6-1 with a 2.08
ERA in 12 games – 10 starts – but he last appeared there in a
10-inning defeat with the Los Angeles Angels on July 16, 2011.