Weighing in: national sports reporters Jeff Passan (Yahoo Sports) and Sean Keeler (Fox Sports) as well as respected Royals bloggers Rany Jazayerli (Rany on the Royals), Michael Engel (Kings of Kauffman), Bob Stalder (Pine Tar Press), Bill Ivie Jr. (I-70 Baseball), Jeff Zimmerman (Royals Review), and Craig Brown (formerly of Royals Authority, which merged into Royals Review). Look for the outtakes all this week online.
Why have the Royals been so bad at home?
Jeff Passan: One really dreadful stretch. That'll do it to you. Baseball is a very interesting game. It's not like football where you have a week to shake off the ills of a bad loss. It's not like basketball where, worse comes to worse, you're playing back-to-back games and you're going to be tired. Baseball is an everyday grind that if it is going poorly, can poison your mind. It was a snowball effect. One bad game rolled into another, and it compounded into another and by the end there was this avalanche of self-doubt and ill will throughout the clubhouse. They were wondering, "What the hell are we doing here. We're a major league team, and we can't even bother to win one game out of 12."
It was pathetic, and they knew it was pathetic. And so, you know, take those 12 games away, put 'em at .500 for the 12, and they're over .500 now on the season.
When you have as many games as you do in baseball, anomalous things just happen. And in the end, I think it's going to even out. Their home record isn't going to be demonstrably different than their road record.
Craig Brown: Flat beer at the K? Dizziness from too many carousel rides on whatever they call that thing in the outfield? Sluggerrrr applying too much Icy Hot to his jock? I can't pick just one. Let's go with a 33-33-34 split.
Michael Engel: That's a very good question. They hit a perfect storm of a team spinning its wheels to start the year, some poor pitching and hitters starting out slow.
Bill Ivie Jr.: Because they were bad early on and spent a lot of time at home. When you have that many bats performing that poorly, you're not going to win. The hitting is coming around and so is their record ... at home and otherwise.
Bob Stalder: Expectations can be a curse when you have pressure put on you to perform. In its truest form, this franchise has lost for so many years, and the fans are reaching a point of believing or not believing that "Our Time" is here. I think the players really want to please the fans, so the pressure is higher when they play at home.
Jeff Zimmerman: Random luck. Anyone that actually has an opinion on this is just making stuff up.
Rany Jazayerli: Bad luck, honestly. They happened to be at home when their 12-game death spiral occurred, and it's been an uphill battle to post a respectable home record since.