Royals Nightly
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Game 130- Tigers 9, Royals 1 (45-85)
Well, a new numerical low was reached tonight, as our Royals feel 40 games under .500.

How do you reach 45-85? Its simple really, just be below-average at every important facet of the game and the deed is essentially done.

Checklist for 100-loss team:

1) Inability to get on base.

The Royals OBP sits at .320, worst in the American League.

2) Inability to hit for power.

The Royals SLG percentage is .399, tied for last in the American League.

3) Stupid Baserunning.

The Royals are the worst base-stealing team in the American League, stealing at only a 57% rate.

4) Team ERA over 5.00

The Royals ERA is 5.21, good for, you guessed it, last in the American League.

5) Pitching Staff Can't Control the Strike-Zone.

The Royals K/BB ratio is 11th in the American League at 1.60. The Royals K/9 is 5.38, which is easily the worst in baseball. The Royals purported strength is being stingy with the walks, but in fact the Royals are again below average, ranking 9th in the AL.

6) Pitching Staff Cannot Keep Ball in Park.

Despite playing in a remodeled stadium that depresses home-runs at a 25% rate, the Royals have given up the 3rd most home runs in the American League.

7) Bad Fielding.

According to Baseball Prospectus, the Royals have been neck and neck with the Indians all season for the title of worst defense in the American League.


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