The good vibes Royals fans felt about the team’s fast start to the season have disappeared like ballplayers walking into the cornfield in “Field of Dreams.”
The Tigers, who started Thursday with the worst record in Major League Baseball, finished a three-game sweep of the Royals with a 4-3 win in Detroit.
Through Wednesday, the Royals were 11th in runs scored in the American League in May, had hit into the most double plays (11) and had the worst ERA (6.33).
Third baseman Hunter Dozier is hitless in his last 30 at-bats, while outfielder Jorge Soler has a .178 average in May. Ryan O’Hearn is batting .195. Thursday’s starter, Daniel Lynch, allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings and he has a 15.75 ERA. The Royals bullpen, heading into Thursday, had a 4.90 ERA.
So there are plenty of reasons for the struggles, and fans expressed their displeasure about the losing streak. Here’s a sample of what’s being said.
A Reddit user wrote: “What will it take for them to make some moves and to make it a better one than putting (Jakob) Junis in the pen?”
Another Royals fan on Reddit wrote: “I don’t care if it’s a rebuild year or not. No major league team or manager should lose 11 straight and just continue pushing on like nothing is wrong. Something is wrong. Somebody has gotta go. Just get some new faces up here. I’d rather watch them lose while giving new guys ML experience than to watch ML bums just continue to get paid millions for doing literally nothing.”
Another Reddit user wrote: “Chicago series basically decides the season. If we get swept or lose 3 of 4, it’s already over no matter what. Sweep them or win 3 of 4, and we’re right back in it. Unfortunately, it’s hard to see a team who’s lost 11 straight going to Chicago and winning even 1 game. “
On Reddit, a fan wrote: “Yeah the Tigers series was the opportunity to right the ship. Instead, The ship exploded, caught on fire, got nuked, sank to the bottom of the ocean, and then was attacked by Cthulhu.”