Opinion

Royals look to stop losing trend this weekend as Rangers come to town

The Royals’ Lorenzo Cain watched his two-run home run in the third inning of Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Indians. It was the only two runs the Royals scored.
The Royals’ Lorenzo Cain watched his two-run home run in the third inning of Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Indians. It was the only two runs the Royals scored. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

The Royals dropped another series this week, losing two of three to Cleveland, and have now lost seven of their last nine. They now trail Minnesota by a full game in the American League Central.

In essence, the club has gone cold. The bats are quiet. The starting pitching is shaky. It is a bad time.

It is also June 5. On this date in 2014, the team was two games below .500. They had just demoted their hitting coach. The howls for manager Ned Yost’s head were only increasing.

Those howls are gone, perhaps for good, after last October. But the Royals need to find some stability in order to get through this rough stretch. They open a three-game series with Texas on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Here are the pitching matchups for this weekend:

Friday, 7:10 p.m.: RHP Edinson Volquez (4-3, 2.95 ERA) vs. RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (1-0, 0.00 ERA).

Saturday, 1:10 p.m.: RHP Yordano Ventura (3-4, 4.26 ERA) vs. LHP Wandy Rodriguez (2-2, 3.55 ERA).

Sunday, 1:10 p.m.: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (4-3, 6.17 ERA) vs. RHP Colby Lewis (5-3, 4.48 ERA).

FROM THE STAR

1. Another day, another Royals loss. Brandon Moss bashed them once more.

2. Sam Mellinger wrote about the team’s trouble in the starting rotation.

3. Danny Duffy and Kris Medlen impressed in a simulated game.

THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)

45.7 percent

HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC

“Who’s Joe” by New Order.

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