The Kansas City Royals tied the American League record for consecutive innings without a run scored following their 12-0 defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. They become just the 10th in MLB history to be shut out in four consecutive games and the first to do so in 25 years. They are now just five innings away from tying the 1968 Chicago Cubs for the all-time record for consecutive scoreless innings at 48.
That ’68 Cubs team finished the year with a 84-78 record, missing out on the postseason. That Cubs lineup boasted future Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Billy Williams as the centerpieces of the lineup. Even following their current five-game losing streak, the Royals sit just three games out a playoff spot with their 64-66 record.
The Royals have the third-fewest runs scored in the American League this season (560), just six runs off the pace for dead last in the league. Following play on Monday, they remain tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for the fewest RBI’s collected during the 2017 year.
As a group the Royals offense may be struggling, but first baseman Eric Hosmer entered the night third in the American League in batting average. Third baseman Mike Moustakas has already launched a career-high 35 home runs, which ties him for fourth in the league and just two blasts away from the league lead.
They will have a chance to snap their streak across the first five innings of play against Rays right-handed pitcher Alex Cobb on Tuesday night.