The Kansas City Royals are supposed to be a contender this year. The team currently sports a 16 – 17 record, good for third place in the American League Central. The Royals trail the Detroit Tigers by 6 games.
Why are the Royals off to such a slow start? The main culprit is the current power outage. The team is last in Major League Baseball (MLB) with only 14 home runs. The Colorado Rockies have already hit 50 round trippers placing them at the top of the list. The closest team to the Royals is the San Diego Padres with 19 homers. Kansas City just took two out of three in San Diego.
There are individual players who are approaching the Royals’ numbers. Chicago White Sox rookie 1B Jose Abreu has 12 homers this year. He is followed by Los Angeles Angel 1B Albert Pujols and Miami Marlin OF Giancarlo Stanton who each have 10 homers.
Kansas City is led by 3B Mike Moustakas (4) and C Salvador Perez (3). The only other player with more than one home run is 2B Omar Infante (2).
DH Billy Butler has probably been the biggest disappointment with only one homer. The team was counting on Butler for much better numbers. Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon have also homered only once each. The Royals need more from this nucleus if they have any hope of getting back in the race.
The other two homers belong to light hitting SS Alcides Escobar and spare part Danny Valencia
If the Royals have any hope of breaking their long playoff drought this season long power outage will have to turn into a power surge. If the current crew can’t get the job done then management needs to make some moves before 2014 becomes just another lost season.