Is it time to re-start the Kansas City Royals’ rebuild? SportsBeat KC podcast

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The first game of the MLB season’s second quarter ended like the final game of the first for the Royals: A loss after gaining a sizable lead. Sunday it happened against the Minnesota Twins, when the Royals lost 7-6, squandering a six-run lead after seven innings. On Monday, the Royals jumped on Arizona for four first-inning runs but couldn’t make it hold up in a 9-5 loss.

So it’s five straight losses and tied for last place in the AL Central for the Royals. Frustrations mount, but are there any quick fixes? It may be time to charge a rebuilding process with some younger players at the expense of veterans like first baseman Carlos Santana.

Beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnists Vahe Gregorian and Sam McDowell share their thoughts on what may be in store for the Royals. The show started as a SportsBeat Live.

Royals’ record after 40 games since 2018

(excluding shortened 2020 season)

2022: 14-26

2021: 18-22 (74-88 final record)

2019: 14-26 (59-103)

2018: 13-27 (58-104)

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