Royals manager Ned Yost was on with 610 Sports Nick Wright just before the season started…
And Nick asked Yost, "What should Royals fans expect this year? Should we just look for day to day improvements? Is this a rebuilding year? Again?" The Royals manager came right to the point. "No, just wait until the All-Star break. Then you’ll see a team on the rise weekly. Mark it down. This is the year we begin the championship march."
The guy’s saying the Royals will be a winner this season. Maybe – who knows? – Yost knows something.
Then again, we’ve been misled before! What did President Bush say? Fool me once – won’t get fooled again!
OK, OK, OK, I get it. We have no pitching to speak of, no ace, no player anyone’s ever heard of north of downtown KC. And yes, that includes Billy Butler and Soria, Nobody knows any of ’em. Yet! Nine games in, the Royals are 6 and 3. But we’ve seen this before time and again. With the Zack Attack team two years back. In first for a minute, out of the race by May.
Lets face it, Zack Greinke is also basically unknown and unproven.
Yes, he won the Cy Young, but outside of diehard fans, nobody’s heard of him.
Now Greinke‘s injured and really has little to show for that one good year with a horrible team.
Uh, he does have a nice contract. Zack hated it here so much he moved to MILWAUKEE. Think about it. Yep, that baseball mecca and hot spot of wild times, Milwaukee. The media hub with the vaunted baseball history. Right.
Zack had ZERO hope for the immediate future of this ball club. NONE. Meaning last place for years to come, or close to it, people.
The good news is for once Alex Gordon and Billy Butler are hitting together and decent. Both well over .300. No power at all though – three homers between them. The rest of the line up is doing OK. The biggest offensive problem so far is not so much from future power hitting star Ka’aihue. His .176 batting average is nothing to smile about.
He comes up with runners in scoring position and does, uh, nothing.
Yep, one homer, five RBIs – not much magic yet.
Maybe the best thing that’s happened so far was that the only real star on the team, Soria, gave up a billion runs in game six, with the Royals leading. He blew their win streak and chance to have a 2 game first place lead early. It was enough for these young guys to fall apart but they didn’t. And since then they’ve won 2 out of 3. Good job.
Pitching stinks as usual – no starter that matters.
The ace, Luke Hochevar – if you want to call him an ace – has an ERA of 5.30 so far. Soria is rolling with a 6.75. Yes, it’s very early. Clearly there are some things to like right now with this young ball club. The newly acquired vets have been decent, Cabrera, Treanor and Francoeur.
So what’s the future?
Hey, these guys could stay in this til June.
Maybe finish third – the division is so weak. Still no stars. Jury still out on Alex Gordon. Butler has a chance to be a somebody. That’s about it right now.
Again it’s a nice place to take the family for a tan.
Winning? We’ll see. Right now it’s a pipe dream. But hey, like many of you, I’ll be watching til I just can’t stand it anymore.
Hope springs eternal.