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It's all about '05 for Royals

After being a surprise playoff contender for much of last season, the Royals have fallen on hard times this year.

Originally Published: May 17, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Here's my favorite 2004 Kansas City Royals stat ... their starters have combined for three wins: 3-16, 5.98 ERA. Jeremy Affeldt, everybody's idea of a future ace before the season, has seven starts and zero wins. Three other Royal starters have one win apiece. The various fifth starters are, like Affeldt, winless.

How few wins is three? At this moment, 38 different major league pitchers, all by their lonesomes, have more than three wins.

Yes, the pitching's been terrible (and for the ...

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