Yael T. Abouhalkah

Woeful Royals pull the plug on fans’ excitement

Just a week ago Royals fans were all abuzz about the club’s doubleheader sweep of the Detroit Tigers.

Playoff mania had arrived in Kansas City, after 28 years of not coming this close this late to postseason play.

But five games and five straight losses later, the Royals have reverted to their woeful ways of May.

That poorly timed stretch has pulled the plug on the excitement plenty of Royals fans had been feeling after a magical run since the All-Star break.

The key turning point? It came last Saturday when the team lost a tough game to the Tigers, a game the Royals had a few chances to win, especially with a key hit here or there.

But the punchless Royals couldn’t manage to get that hit and — since then — have lost one more time to Detroit and, in a particularly embarrassing stretch, just lost a three-game series at home to the Chicago White Sox.

So unless Kansas City somehow wins, say, 15 in a row, the team once again will be on the sidelines when the playoffs arrive.

The big question for many fans will be whether owner David Glass finally pulls his own plug and gets rid of General Manager Dayton Moore and/or manager Ned Yost.

The post-season will be interesting for Royals fans, but for the wrong reasons.