KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's really no surprise that with the season on the line these past few weeks, the Royals' offense has let them down.
After all, it has been that way all season.
And it was no different Tuesday night when rookie left-hander James Paxton of the Mariners silenced the Royals through seven shutout innings, striking out 10 in the process, on the way to an easy 4-0 win.
The loss all but eliminated the Royals from contention -- their tragic number stands at two. The Royals will have to win their final five games and hope for a Hail Mary, meaning that either Tampa loses all five of its remaining games or that Cleveland loses four of five. Even then, the Royals would have to hope Texas loses three of five.
"We put ourselves in this situation," left fielder Alex Gordon told The Kansas City Star after Tuesday's loss. "It's tough."
More specifically, the Royals' lack of offense put them in this position. They simply don't have the firepower to rise above good pitching, ...