The Kansas City Royals began their season just seven days ago but it has been over two months since most of the organization has even sniffed their workplace at I-70 and Blue Ridge Cutoff. Six games in and the team is sitting at a comfortable 3-3, while taking the opening weekend series against the highly touted Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim then one out of three from the Oakland Athletics, a town that the Royals have never found much success in. But as most fans would agree, a mark of .500 baseball is exactly where the Royals want to be coming into Kauffman Stadium. Yes everyone’s season started a week ago but now it is close to home and the early jitters are out of the way just in time for Kansas City to finally get to see their hometown team in person.
One thing both the fans and the organization can agree on is the lack of support from the bullpen in the first road trip of the season. Known as being the strength of the team coming into the 2012 year, the pitchers in the bullpen showed a little anxiety and maybe were over throwing some in excitement for the season but over time they will settle down and get back into. The problem with people evaluating the first six games of the season is that it is such a small sample size. For example, left fielder, Alex Gordon, is not going to continue this beginning of the season slump he is in now. If he was doing this in mid-June no one would be even talking about it. Before his ninth inning single on Wednesday, Eric Hosmer was in an 0-11 struggle yet it was not given air time like the struggles of Gordon because Hosmer hit fine in Anaheim. The sample size is just too small to begin to make assumptions about what will happen for the rest of the season. By my math, the Royals still have 156 baseball games to play so assumptions truly will not matter once the bulk of the season is gone in late June into early July.
Staying on the same subject, the starting pitching so far has been a surprise to say the least. Through six starts the Royals starters have a 1.85 ERA which is way under what was expected of them. While they have thrown out there six quality starts just like the struggles of the bullpen, the success of the starting staff is such a small sample size that conclusions simply cannot be made.
I am not saying to not get excited about the Royals or to get to high on the team. I am just simply saying let everything play out on the field. All fans can do is wait and see what the results of the season will be. But the fact that all us fans now get to watch it in person is so much sweeter. Watching through the television or listening on the radio is almost like a tease to the season. For Kansas City the season starts tomorrow. Kauffman Stadium will be in rare form tomorrow afternoon as the excitement for the Royals is higher than it has been in years. As much as fans are excited to see the Royals they are as excited to be able to show us all why this team is in it to win. Never have I seen a fan base so excited for a team playing at the Truman Complex, or a team that is so excited to be in front of their hometown. This year we have both and putting these two together could make for one heck of a summer. Kansas City our team is home.