The Kansas City Royals are in serious jeopardy of breaking the franchise record for futility.
Kansas City will need to win six of its final seven games to avoid matching the mark set by the 2002 squad as it opens up a three-game set with the Cleveland Indians.
The Royals lost their 98th game of the season on Sunday, falling to Chicago 5-1. The defeat moved them within two losses of the 2002 squad went 62-100.
The Royals will start rookie Zack Greinke in Monday’s series opener. The rookie right-hander has won four of his last five decisions to improve his record to 8-10.
While the Royals are striving to avoid a franchise low, the Indians need to win five of their last six to finish at least .500 for the first time since 2001, when they went 91-71.
Omar Vizquel, the Indians’ wildly popular shortstop, went 1-for-4 in the team’s home finale—perhaps his last game wearing Cleveland’s white jersey.
Unless he’s willing to accept a reduced role next season and work out a new contract with the Indians, Vizquel’s 11th season with Cleveland will be his last.
“I want to stay here,” he said before Sunday’s game. “But it’s not up to me.”
A three-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner, Vizquel is expected to become a free agent in November. He has a mutual $5 million option for next season that the Indians are not likely to pick up.