ANAHEIM -- Just under a month ago, the Royals won a tough game at Minnesota, the clubhouse was ecstatic after an 11-5 surge and the players were sniffing the long-sought .500 mark.
"We were four games under, then boom," manager Ned Yost said.
Yep, the next three games were losses to the last-place Twins. From there through Monday night's loss at Anaheim, the Royals went 5-16. That put them 15 games under .500.
"Right now, for us, we just have to be perfect every night and take advantage of every situation, and that's tough to do," Yost said.
When things are going bad, every mistake is magnified as the losses grow.
"It gets to be more glaring," Yost said. "But we battled through it early. We lost 12 in a row and we were 12 games under .500 and battled back. We'll battle back again."
To reach the .500 goal by season's end, starting on Tuesday night, the Royals would have to go 41-26, a .612 clip.