Royals Ride Already in Full Swing Reviewed by Momizat on . I made it out to Kauffman Stadium for the first time this season yesterday to see the Kansas City Royals.  It may not have been perfect weather for a chamber I made it out to Kauffman Stadium for the first time this season yesterday to see the Kansas City Royals.  It may not have been perfect weather for a chamber Rating: 0
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Royals Ride Already in Full Swing

Royals Ride Already in Full Swing

I made it out to Kauffman Stadium for the first time this season yesterday to see the Kansas City Royals.  It may not have been perfect weather for a chamber of commerce ribbon cutting (too much wind blows the politicians’ hair around and ruins the photo op) but it made cavernous Kauffman a little more reachable with the wind blowing out to left.  Unfortunately, none of our Royals got it over the fence, but the wind may have befuddled Twins’ right fielder Chris Colabello.
 
The doom and gloom of one week ago after being swept by the lowly Twins has now been replaced by confidence after reeling off 5 straight wins.  This got me pondering about the streaky nature of the Royals.  It only took 6 days to go from worst to first, but that’s easier to do this time of year, when few games played means few games separate the teams of the division.  It doesn’t hurt tat the AL Central teams have been fairly mediocre so far this season.  Thinking back to last season, the Royals seem to be a roller coaster.  A fan without a long-term mindset  and just reacting to the day’s sportscast could undergo wild swings in disposition regarding the Royals’ chances. 

The losing patch just before the All-Star Break stands out as a point where I thought that the dreadful May was more reflective of the team than the April that preceded it.  Of course, the highs of August and winning series after series were tempered by the fact that the Tigers and Indians kept winning, as well.  So I thought I’d check the numbers to see if the Royals were streakier than most MLB teams.
 
I didn’t have time to do an exhaustive analysis, but a quick review of pure streaks (consecutive wins and losses) appears to say no.  I only tracked streaks of 4 games or longer, as anybody who played the Astros or Twins could easily post a 3 gamer.  The better the team, the easier to post long winning streaks, and conversely, losing teams should be expected to have long losing strings.  

Teams that win about as much as they lose should have a harder time streaking, as both possibilities are equal.  Our heroes had win streaks of 9, 6, 5, and 4 twice, while losing 8, 6, 5, and 4 twice.   Their total number of streaks was in the bottom half of clubs.  Perhaps it was the order of the streaks: that the long streaks would alternate between winning and losing.  Maybe the appearance of streakiness to me was due to the fact that the Royals have been consistently bad for so many seasons, multiple glimpses of hope raised my expectations to points not recently seen, so losing cut all the more.   I think I will continue this analysis.  Your thoughts, Denny?

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Scored the 1980 World Series from my parents' living room. Placed my 1982 full set of Topps cards on the floor with players in all the correct positions. Held my bachelor party at the K. All the classic signs of a Royalcoholic. It's genetic, you know. Passed down from my dad's side. My son can't even wait for me to catch up to "live" during Royals' games. The curse lives on...

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  • jim fetterolf

    Streaks are part of the game due to constant adjustment and counter-adjustment as well as just the luck of the coin-flip given that all teams are capable of winning or losing every game.

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