As the baseball season slipped past the midpoint of May, the Kansas City Royals found themselves in a rut. The handful of players keeping the team afloat found their numbers normalizing, and the struggling majority didn’t improve in kind. A terrible 1-7 run against the Rockies, Orioles, and White Sox left them with a 24-23 record and stuck in third place. The GM of most teams would just wait out the trouble and hope for a rebound. But Pat Burrell and Strike-O-Matic knew that they couldn’t let the Royals fall any further behind.