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KC Royals started and ended the 2017 season with disappointment

The hole was Grand Canyon-deep from the beginning. The Royals dropped eight straight in late April. They lost 20 of their first 30 games, putting them seven games out on May 7.

Yet, they slowly climbed out of that. They went 17-9 in June and in late July they reeled off a nine-game winning streak. They were seven-games above .500 on July 28. They moved to within 1 ½ games of the division-leading Cleveland Indians.

General manager Dayton Moore went all in, acquiring Melky Cabrera from the Chicago White Sox and pitchers Trevor Cahill, Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer from the San Diego Padres.

Moore said he has no regrets about the trades with the hopes of giving this group of Royals one more chance to make it to post-season.

It did not happen.

Can the Royals regroup in September to make it back to the postseason?

Former Kansas City Royals manager Buddy Bell had a baseball saying, “don’t ever say things can’t get worse because they can.”

One wouldn’t think things could get worse for the Royals than they did in August.

The month included:

l. A 45-inning scoreless streak, three shy of the major league record shared by the 1906 Philadelphia Athletics and the 1968 Chicago Cubs.

2. Left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy, the Royals’ opening day starter, arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Overland Park.

Jason Vargas for MVP! Great numbers make LHP the Royals first-half-of-season star

Jason Vargas

This defies reality, but I promise is not fake news. The Royals’ Jason Vargas, a 34-year-old left-hander, has won more than 11 games in the majors in only one season, going 14-11 with a 3.85 ERA in 33 Seattle starts…Until this year, that is.

Vargas had already claimed an American League-leading 12 victories entering July. His 2.22 ERA was the best in the American League. He went 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA in June. He is 7-1 with an AL-leading 1.84 ERA in his first nine home starts this season.

Should the Royals be sellers or buyers as MLB trade deadline approaches?

Royals trade

With the trading deadline looming at the end of the month, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore will face some key decisions that will determine the Royals future not only for this season, but could impact the franchise for the next several years.

Everyone knows the Royals list of potential free agents – third baseman Mike Moustakas, first baseman Eric Hosmer, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar and left-handers Jason Vargas and Mike Minor. Trade several of those and the Royals should be able to get back a boatload of prospects, many nearly Major League-ready.

Will May be better for the Kansas City Royals? They’re glad to be past April

Royals in May

Will May be better? It can’t be much worse than April was for the Royals.

When the Kansas City Royals hit a major league-worst .210 in April, you can expect a bad month. When you add to that a .270 on-base percentage and a .336 slugging percentage, also, all worst in the bigs, you know that is going to add up to a lot of losses.

When you score a big league-worst 63 runs, 24 fewer than the next club, it is going to be a long, long, month.

When your bullpen, once a strength, is 2-7 with a 5.67 ERA and with more blown saves, four, than saves, three, and you know it must be horrible month.

It was. Ending with a nine-game losing streak and the American League Central caboose.