How May 2013 fell apart for the Royals

03/30/2014 12:00 AM

03/30/2014 9:50 AM

When games ended on May 5, 2013, the Royals had a 17-10 record and were in second place in the AL Central, a half-game behind the Tigers. They were even a perfect 3-0 in the month. But by the end of May, the Royals were 22-30, in last place in the Central and 6 1/2 games back. Here are some key reasons why the Royals swooned:

• An 0-8 record in one-run games, including three straight at Oakland.

• A 1-4 record in two-run games.

• An 0-10 record at Kauffman Stadium.

• After averaging 4.48 runs per game through the season’s first 27 games, they averaged 3.23 per game during that span.

• Their run differential went from plus-18 to minus-10.

• They were swept in a three-game home series by the Yankees and later had an eight-game losing streak.

• The Royals lost two of three at Houston, which ended the season with a 51-111 record.

• Eric Hosmer batted .263, Billy Butler hit .256 and Mike Moustakas’ average was an anemic .152.

• Starter Wade Davis had a ghastly 7.76 ERA, and Jeremy Guthrie’s was 5.74.

| Pete Grathoff, pgrathoff@kcstar.com Game by game
Date Opponent Result
May 1 Tampa Bay W 9-8
May 4 Chi. White Sox W 2-0
May 5 Chi. White Sox W 6-5 (10)
May 6 Chi. White Sox L 2-1 (11)
May 7 at Baltimore L 4-3
May 8 at Baltimore L 5-3
May 9 at Baltimore W 6-2
May 10 N.Y. Yankees L 11-6
May 11 N.Y. Yankees L 3-2
May 12 N.Y. Yankees L 4-2
May 13 at LA Angels W 11-4
May 14 at LA Angels L 6-2
May 15 at LA Angels W 9-5
May 17 at Oakland L 2-1
May 18 at Oakland L 2-1
May 19 at Oakland L 4-3
May 20 at Houston L 6-5
May 21 at Houston W 7-3
May 22 at Houston L 3-1
May 23 LA Angels L 5-4
May 24 LA Angels L 5-2
May 25 LA Angels L 7-0
May 26 LA Angels L 5-2
May 27 at St. Louis L 6-3
May 28 at St. Louis L 4-1
May 29 at St. Louis L 5-3
May 30 at St. Louis W 4-2
May 31 at Texas L 7-2

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