Royals Look to Bounce Back on Disappointing 2018 Season

Last season the Kansas City Royals had a rough go to say the least. After losing star first baseman Eric Hosmer and M.V.P. candidate Lorenzo Cain, the Royals couldn’t seem to get things going. The Royals finished the season with a 58-104 record and last place in the AL Central. The only team with a worse record than the Royals was the Baltimore Orioles who finished 47-115. After a very unsuccessful season, Kansas City will look to improve on things in the 2019 season, but it may be tough. Former starting third baseman Mike Moustakas is now a free agent and is not expected to sign back with the Royals. Now the only Royal players who started on the 2016 World Series Championship team are catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Escobar. The Royals expectations will not be high this season and a record anywhere close to .500 would be considered exceptional.

Kansas City will be carried by All-Star Salvador Perez and up and coming star Whit Merrifield. Last year Merrifield batted .304 which led the league. He will look to improve on a big season and help lead a very young and inexperienced Royals team. Perez is one of the most loved players in Kansas City as he was the starting catcher on the 2016 championship team, and he has been a Royal his entire career. The pitching staff will be led by Danny Duffy. Duffy struggled last year finishing with a 8-12 record and a 4.88 ERA. He will be a big bounce back candidate this year and will be vital to the Royals success.

The Royals start Spring Training on February 23, as they take on the Texas Rangers. Spring training will last up to March 24, as they take on the Texas Rangers once again in their final Spring Training game. Spring Training will take place in Surprise, Arizona.

The regular season will begin on March 28. The Royals play a home game against the White Socks, which will be a three game series. On March 18-21 the Royals travel to Yankee Stadium to take on the New York Yankees. On June 4-6 the defending World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox, travel to Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals. Kansas City will end their season with a three game home series against the Minnesota Twins.