The biggest story of June could be decisions facing the club regarding whether or not to call up any of their top prospects. Rookies called up in June or after do not qualify for “super two” status, thus delaying arbitration eligibility down the line. It will be an exciting month if one or more of the heralded prospects make their debut.
Besides that, the second half of the month will be entirely inter-league with series against the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Cubs and Padres.
Total Games: 27
Vs teams with winning records in 2010: 14
Vs teams with losing records in 2010: 10
Vs teams in the AL Central: 4
Inter-league games: 12
June 2-5 vs. Minnesota – This is the only series against an AL Central opponent all month, but it will only be a key series if the Royals have a surprising start and are having dreams of contention.
June 17-19 @ St. Louis – After hosting the Cards in May, the Royals head across the state for the second part of the 2011 I-70 series.
Key To a Hot Start:
The first nine games of the month are home games, so the Royals will have to take full advantage of home cooking.
At the end of June:
If the Royals are above .500… The Royals will have beaten up on the National League, something that is not entirely out of the question.
If the Royals are .500… They will have significantly over-achieved.
If the Royals are below .500… No one will be surprised.