KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Everyone knows the problem with the Royals.
They are one of the most offensively challenged teams in baseball, and it's that lack of production that keeps weighing them down, dragging them below the .500 mark and preventing them from contending in the American League Central.
The Royals are 13th in runs scored in the league, now having scored just 11 more runs than the White Sox, the league's most anemic outfit.
The Royals are last in homers with 41, a remarkable and alarming 27 homers behind the next-to-last Twins. (Hey, Jack Maloof was right ... they will lead the league in fewest home runs.)
Without the league's best pitching staff (No. 1 with a 3.52 ERA), it seems more than likely the Royals would be 15 to 20 games under .500 by now.
Or, another way to look at it, if the Royals were simply average or below average offensively, they might be in first place.
The Royals' most telling statistic this season is that they are 24-5 when they simply sco...