Don't expect Royals to improve

Poor lineup choices and a reversal of fortune will doom Kansas City

Updated: April 14, 2014, 2:20 PM ET
By Paul Swydan | ESPN Insider

RoyalsOtto Geule Jr/Getty ImagesThe Royals haven't made the playoffs since 1985, and that drought is on course to continue.

Coming off an 86-win 2013 season, the Kansas City Royals entered this season with a good deal of optimism. In fact, back in February, we even laid out a blueprint for how they could make the postseason. But a horrible start to the season has frittered away much of that optimism, as the Royals were swept in resounding fashion by the lowly Minnesota Twins, who outscored them 21-5 this past weekend. Kansas City's record is now 4-7, and it has the second-worst run differential in the American League (minus-14).

Although it's just one swept series and it's still early, it's hard to see where the Royals as currently constituted could make enough gains to reach the postseason.

Poor lineup choices