Baseball

March 30, 2014

How May 2013 fell apart for the Royals

Dissecting the disastrous May that hurt the Royals chances of making the playoffs in 2013.

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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