The Kansas City Royals' slump has dropped them further back in the playoff race, and their postseason hopes likely will continue fading unless their suddenly stagnant offense can get back on track.
An improved pitching performance from Jeremy Guthrie wouldn't hurt matters, either.
Kansas City looks to avoid a fourth straight loss Wednesday night as it hosts the last-place Chicago White Sox, who are seeking a season-best fifth consecutive win.
The Royals (64-60) were four games out of the AL's second wild-card spot and 6 12 back of Central-leading Detroit before dropping six of eight.
They've averaged 2.0 runs during their cold stretch and are now 8 12 games out of the division lead with their wild-card chances also slipping away. Kansas City had problems again Tuesday, falling 2-0 in the series opener.
"We're just not swinging the bats real well right now," manager Ned Yost said. "We're going to have to find a way to swing the bats better."
Alex Gordon went 1 for 4 and is hitt...