Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals Statistics Overview
The Kansas City Royals joined the MLB in 1969 and play their home games at Kauffman Stadium. They play in the American League Central Division. The Royals have one World Series Championship and two American League Pennants. The franchise has appeared in the MLB playoffs on seven occasions and has an overall record of 3353-3636. The Royals biggest rivals are the St. Louis Cardinals.
Last Four MLB Seasons
2013 Kansas City Royals Betting Odds
To Win the World Series: +5000
To Win the National League: +2500
Kansas City Royals 2011/2012 Betting Statistics
Straight Up: 72-90
Against the line: 88-74
Over vs Under: 73-83-6
Kansas City Royals Betting History
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2013 Kansas City Royals Schedule
The Kansas City Royals will play 162 games during the 2013 MLB schedule. This is the first season that the Astros will play as a member of the American League so their schedule includes nineteen games against teams like the Oakland Athletics who they aren't used to playing that many times. The Astros are a struggling team in a crowded sporting market so Kansas City Royals tickets sales have been poor in recent seasons.
Kansas City Royals Franchise History:
The Kansas City Royals joined the American League as an expansion franchise in 1969 replacing the Athletics who moved to Oakland in 1967. The Royals did not take long to develop into a competitive outfit and in the late 1970s and early 1980s were one of the most consistent outfits in the American League and the dominant force in the West Division. The Royals were finally rewarded for their consistency in 1985 when they defeated cross-state rivals the St. Louis Cardinals to win their first World Series Championships. Since their World Series triumph the Royals have never returned to the MLB playoffs and since 1994 have only had one winning season. Their third place finish in the American League Central Division last season was their highest finish since 2003.
Kansas City Royals Offensive Star: Billy Butler
Billy Butler was selected with the fourteenth overall pick of the 2004 MLB draft by the Kansas City Royals. Butler made his debut in the Majors in 2007 as a designated hitter and showed his potential with a solid rookie year. Butler has become the most consistent member of the Royals roster who have generally struggled in recent seasons. He has switched between playing as a designated hitter and first baseman on several occasions but last season was a full time designated hitter. Butler was rewarded for his consistent form in 2012 with selection for the MLB All-Star game and the Silver Slugger Award for designated hitters. Butler will be aiming to build on the momentum from his career best year this season.
Kansas City Royals Defensive Star: James Shields
James Shields was drafted in the sixteenth round of the 2000 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Shields spent a number of years in the Rays minor league system before he was called up to the Majors in 2006. The right hander started his career with four straight wins but his form quickly waned in his rookie season. However, Shields bounced back and in 2008 was a key member of the Rays charge to the World Series. Shields was named opening day pitcher for the Rays in 2009 and maintained that position until the end of 2012 when he was traded to the Kansas City Royals. Shields is without question the best pitcher in the Kings bullpen and is an excellent addition to their roster.
Kansas City Royals Manager: Ned Yost
Ned Yost started his managerial career with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2003. Yost was able to turn the Brewers from also-rans into legitimate contenders but the team struggled at the business end of the MLB season and faded out dramatically in 2007 and 2008 costing Yost his job. Yost was named manager of the Kansas City Royals in 2010 and the team has improved their record every season with the fifty-seven year old in charge. Yost will be desperate to lead the team to their first winning season since 2003.
Kansas City Royals - MLB Team StatisticsLeague: American
Ballpark: Kauffman Stadium
World Series Titles: 1 (1980, 1985)
League Pennants: 2 (1985, 1990)
Division Titles: 7 (1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985)
Playoff Appearances: 7 (1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985)
Overall Record: 3353-3636
Biggest Rivals: St. Louis Cardinals
Manager: Ned Yost
General Manager: Dayton Moore
Legenday Players: George Brett, Frank White, Dennis Leonard
Kansas City Royals Schedule - MLB 2013