The Kansas City Royals look to prove they can be consistent contenders when they take the field in 2015. After about a decade of incompetence, the Royals shocked the sports world, making a run to the World Series from a Wild Card position, and falling just one game short of the ultimate prize, losing a seven game series to the San Francisco Giants.
The Royals went 89-73 in 2014 and look to possibly knock off the Detroit Tigers atop the American League Central. Kauffman Stadium boosted its reputation during last season’s playoff run, as the stadium was packed night after night during their national televised playoff run. Kansas City Royals tickets for their home opener against the Chicago White Sox on April 6th have an average ticket price of $225.36 with a get-in price of $90. Currently, this game has the highest average ticket price of any Kansas City home game for the entire season.
Kansas City brings back a majority of the roster that brought them success last season. Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas will be on the corners, Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain will patrol the outfield, Salvador Perez will be behind the dish and their impeccable bullpen strength remains largely intact with Greg Holland, Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera.
Although the starting pitching staff is similar, they are missing their “big name” No. 1 starter in James Shields, who is now with the San Diego Padres. The team will give the No. 1 starter label to 23-year-old power pitcher Yordano Ventura, who we last saw throw seven shutout innings in Game 6 to force a Game 7 in the World Series. Along with Ventura, the Royals continue to go with Jason Vargas, Danny Duffy and Jeremy Guthrie, along with the pitchers they brought in during the offseason, Edinson Volquez and Chris Young. The Royals also acquired Kris Medlen, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery from last season.
Their biggest addition for the offense was the signing of Kendrys Morales, who will primarily be a designated hitter.
The Kansas City Royals plan of developing their young talent finally came into fruition last season. But as the saying goes, it’s more difficult to stay at the top than to reach the top. The Royals will try to create a consistency that hasn’t been associated with the franchise in over a decade.