The Kansas City Royals used to be a great team, even though it is hard to believe. The Royals placed second in the AL Central in 2014 with a record 89-73. They went on to defeat the Angels, A’s and Orioles in postseason play, only to lose to Giants in Game 7 in the World Series. The Royals overcame the hump the following year. The Royals won the division title and defeated the Astros, Blue Jays, and Mets to win the second World Series. The Royals have never finished higher than third in the division since then and have not set a new record of more than.500. This includes last year’s COVID-shortened campaign, where they finished 26-34. They were fourth in the division. It’ll be a huge challenge for them this season to reach the.500 mark, given what they have this year.
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The Royals will begin the regular season with a three-game series against the Texas Rangers on April 1. The Royals then travel to Cleveland for a set of two and Chicago for three against White Sox. They are +7500 and the Royals enter this season with the goal of winning the World Series. They are +4500 to win The AL Pennant, and +2000 to win The AL Central. Their total wins has been set at 72.5
Royals 2021 Lineup
A quick glance at the Royals’ batting order will quickly reveal why they are expected to be out of the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. This is their opening-day lineup:
- Whit Merrifield
- Andrew Benintendi
- Adalberto Mondesi
- Carlos Santana
- Salvador Perez
- Jorge Solar
- Hunter Dozier
- Nicky Lopez
- Michael Taylor
The Royals made a huge splash by purchasing Benintendi from Red Sox. He should help stabilize the top of the order despite a terrible season last year. Due to injury, he batted just.193 with 52 plate appearances. The year before, he had 13 homeruns, scored 72 and drove in 68 runs, as well as 10 stolen bases. He is projected to have the same numbers this season, with 16 homeruns and 70 runs, as well as 62 RBIs. The Royals can expect to get the same production from the ex-Red Sox player and will be able to trade him for a steal.
The Royals’ next five hitters will be producing power numbers behind him that could keep them competitive this season. Mondesi, Santana and Perez are expected to hit 19, 28, 34, and 22 homeruns respectively. These numbers are significantly better than the ones they put up last season, even though it was a shorter season. The Royals will be in serious trouble if these guys don’t produce. As you can see, the Royals’ pitching rotation is very poor.
Royals 2021: Projected Rotation and Closer
This season, the Royals’ pitching staff is the most uncertain. The Royals currently have four starters, with the fifth likely coming from the bullpen. This could prove to be their downfall as they have a lot of good pitchers in the division.
Brad Keller is unquestionably the “ace” of staff. He’s only 25 years old and will be relied on to do most of the heavy lifting. He was a good pitcher last season, appearing in nine games and posting a record 5-3 with a 2.47 ERA. This is the lowest ERA he has had in his three Major League seasons. His average year is projected to be 28 starts with a win/loss record 10-10 and a 4.45 ERA.
Mike Minor, Brady Singer, and Danny Duffy are also pitchers who want to experience bounce-back seasons. Singer was the worst, with an ERA of 4.06 for each of these pitchers. Minor split his time last season with the Rangers and Royals, and was terrible. In 12 starts, he went 1-6 with a 5.56 ERA. The Royals’ pitching staff is in serious trouble if he cannot be the pitcher they are looking for to assist the top of the rotation.
Greg Holland will be the closer for the season. He is expected to save 16 games and maintain an ERA around 4.44. Josh Staumont will take over if Holland falters. He’s expected to convert 10 games. Wade Davis, a newly acquired pitcher from the Rockies has been brought over to help. He’ll be relied on to provide leadership and experience with a younger bullpen.
Royals 2021 Predictions
FanGraphs projects that the Royals will finish fourth in the AL Central with a record 77-85. This would result in them missing the playoffs. The lineup lacks star power and the rotation is made up in a way that won’t hold up over the 162-game season. It’s clear why. I’ll take the under on the win total.Last Updated on October 2, 2021