What went wrong for the Royals? 

May, 1, 2012

It's well-documented that the Kansas City Royals have struggled for much of the past two decades, but 2012 was supposed to be different in the eyes of many observers. A trip to the playoffs was never realistically in the cards, but because of a promising young nucleus, it was easy to envision an improvement on last year's 71-91 record and possible contention in 2013.

Yet on May 1, the Royals are 6-15 after losing 12 straight games near the end of April, and many folks are wondering what exactly happened to all that optimism surrounding the team. The good news for Kansas City fans is that some of these tough times can be chalked up to bad luck; however, there are other issues that won't be as easy to fix.

Keith Law

ESPN Senior Writer