DETROIT -- Not that the Royals need to be reminded of this, but they have yet to win a home game this season. Now comes their next chance, a homestand of four games against the Yankees and three against the Red Sox.
The Royals' first homestand resulted in an 0-10 record against the Indians (three games), the Tigers (three) and the Blue Jays (four).
"We had a horrible homestand. It doesn't have any impact on this homestand," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
The 10 consecutive home losses to start the season is the longest such stretch in the American League since the 1913 Yankees played their first 18 games (including one tie) without a victory at the Polo Grounds. At first it was believed the Royals' skid was the longest in the Majors since then, but later someone noticed that the Cubs, those symbols of futility in the National League, lost their first 12 home games in 1994.
None of that concerns Yost. Just one thing is on his mind.
"We have to play better, it doesn't matter if it's at home or on the road. Of course we want to play better in front of our fans at home. We want to give them something to cheer about and something to get excited about. But we have to play better -- period," Yost said.
"We have to get more quality innings out of our starting pitching. We keep saying it every day, but we think that's going to come. We have to get our big guys swinging the bats, and they've done that better on this road trip, so that's a plus. We've got two tough clubs coming in but you combine those two things -- better starting pitching and the batting average health and production of our [No.] 2-3-4-5 guys -- and that will take care of the problems."
What better time to break out of the home funk than with the Yankees and the Red Sox, two teams that always create a buzz at Kauffman Stadium, in town? That thought prompted a small wry smile from Yost.
"Trust me, we didn't plan this thing out -- let's play crappy until we play the Yankees and Boston, then we'll play good," he said.