After suffering a 10-7 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday night, the Royals have lost 11 of 14 and sit at just 15-17 on the season. As of Wednesday afternoon, they were seven games behind the first-place Chicago White Sox in the American League Central.
SportsBeat KC — The Star’s sports podcast — returns this week to delve into the prolonged skid. Royals beat writer Rustin Dodd, who is in New York, called columnist Sam Mellinger and discussed the biggest concerns — Starting pitching? Offense? Energy? — facing the Royals as they attempt to kick an early-season funk.
The podcast also covers the struggles of Chris Young, the re-emergence of Lorenzo Cain, the offense of Kendrys Morales and the possible answers in right field.