A lot of people had the Kansas City Royals as a sleeper pick in the American League much like many people had the Washington Nationals in the NL. However, all that has gone right for the Nationals has gone horribly wrong for the Royals. From untimely injuries to bad seasons from key players, they faltered early on and while they have recovered somewhat, they are well behind what was expected from them and their young, emerging team.
The Rangers are coming off another series win, and look to make it two in a row on the road trip before heading to Florida to take on the Rays.
Series at a Glance
Texas Record: 77-53 (1st AL West)
Kansas City Record: 60-73 (3rd AL Central, 12 GB)
Season Series: 3-2 Royals
Rangers Record at Kansas City: 2-1
Notable Transaction: January 18, 1985: As part of a 4-team trade: The Texas Rangers sent a player to be named later and Danny Darwin to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Milwaukee Brewers sent Jim Sundberg to the Kansas City Royals. The New York Mets sent Tim Leary to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Kansas City Royals sent Don Slaught to the Texas Rangers. The Kansas City Royals sent Frank Wills to the New York Mets. The Texas Rangers sent Bill Nance (January 30, 1985) to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete the trade.
4-team trade! That’s notable in itself.
Projected Royals Lineup
1 RF David Lough (L)
2 SS Alcides Escobar
3 LF Alex Gordon (L)
4 DH Billy Butler
5 C Salvador Perez
6 3B Mike Moustakas (L)
7 CF Lorenzo Cain
8 1B Eric Hosmer (L)
9 2B Tony Abreu (B)
For more information on the Royals see FanSided’s Royals page, Kings of Kauffman.