2016 Kansas City Royals season
The Kansas City Royals entered the 2016 Kansas City Royals season as the defending World Series champions, hoping to reach the World Series for the third consecutive season. Before the season, the team signed free agents Ian Kennedy (a starting pitcher) and Joakim Soria (a reliever) and re-signed star Alex Gordon. However, several players from the previous year's team departed in free agency, including right fielder Alex Rios, second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist, and pitchers Greg Holland, Ryan Madson, and Franklin Morales.
|2016 Kansas City Royals|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Dayton Moore|
|Local television||Fox Sports Kansas City|
(Ryan Lefebvre, Jeff Montgomery, Rex Hudler, Steve Physioc)
|Local radio||KCSP 610 AM|
(Denny Matthews, Steve Stewart, Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Physioc)
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The 2016 Royals team was adversely affected by injuries to Gordon, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, closer Wade Davis (baseball), and third baseman Mike Moustakas. The team was eliminated from postseason contention with four games left in the season, becoming the fourth consecutive World Series winner to miss the playoffs the following year. The Royals ended the season with an 81–81 record, finishing in third place in the Central Division.
American League CentralEdit
|Kansas City Royals||81||81||0.500||13½||47–34||34–47|
|Chicago White Sox||78||84||0.481||16½||45–36||33–48|
American League Wild CardEdit
|Boston Red Sox||93||69||0.574|
Wild Card teams|
(Top two qualify for postseason)
|Toronto Blue Jays||89||73||0.549||—|
|New York Yankees||84||78||0.519||5|
|Kansas City Royals||81||81||0.500||8|
|Chicago White Sox||78||84||0.481||11|
|Los Angeles Angels||74||88||0.457||15|
|Tampa Bay Rays||68||94||0.420||21|
Record against opponentsEdit
2016 American League Records
Source: AL Standings Head-to-head
|2016 Game Log: 81–81 (Home: 47–34; Away: 34–47)|
April: 12–11 (Home: 8–3; Away: 4–8)
May: 17–11 (Home: 10–4; Away: 7–7)
June: 13–14 (Home: 9–4; Away: 4–10)
July: 7–19 (Home: 5–8; Away: 2–11)
August: 20–9 (Home: 9–4; Away:11–5)
September: 12–15 (Home: 6–9; Away: 6–6)
October: 0–2 (Home: 0–2; Away: 0–0)
|Legend: = Win = Loss = Postponement|
Bold = Royals team member
|2016 Kansas City Royals|
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