So the Royals got their man, Bubba Starling...
No. 1 draft pick, big bucks, 19 years-old and a world beater. He may be with our big league team as soon as 2013. So you’d think with Alex Gordon, Billy Butler, ,, Melky Cabrera and now Starling, the Royals could look to 2013 as a year to at least win the division if not more.
At first glance, the Royals look decent on paper. They actually do. They’ve got four starters who will likely hit more than 20 homers for the first time since Pete Rose played (OK, maybe that’s a bit too far back). Their best weapon, Melky Cabrera, gets nearly no ink or buzz. I don’t get it. THIS GUY IS TRADE BAIT? WHY?
Melky is hitting .311, has 16 homers and 73 RBI"s. All team bests. HE IS THEIR BEST PLAYER right now, not Hosmer or Gordon. He’s still young.
I say, keep this guy if we can afford him.
So what’s the likely future problem?
The Royals have given up more runs in the first three innings than any team in baseball. That’s a fact according to Frank White. While we have four, really five semi-power hitters, none of them are deadly and rarely hit the ding-er when it matters.
We have trouble scoring runs because in general we don’t have timely hitting. Our starting pitching is overall the worst in baseball. Our best pitcher is starter Luke Hochevar at 4.89 and 8-9. Jeff Francis is 4-13 with a lower ERA at 4.76. Then there’s Kyle Davis at 1-9 and 6.75 ERA.
There you have it. That’s why the Royals have baseball’s third worst record.
No timely hitting and not one decent starter, No young pitcher has mattered thus far and won’t this season. Including Danny Duffy, who to this point has been a bust. So is Mike Moustakas, with no power and no bat. Big bust to this point.
Of course there’s always next year.
If the Royals go out and buy three starters and the hitting stays like this, they could win maybe 80-85 games next year. However they won’t buy anybody much that matters. In fact by the time Bubba gets to the big leagues, we’ll be close to saying goodbye to Gordon and Butler. Hosmer a couple years later.
None of these guys want to play here for a terrible team with no ink, no press nationally, nothing.
A constant last place loser, trapped in the midwest. ALL of them will go, wouldn’t you? Even if the money is better here by a hair, they’re gone. I could see Butler maybe staying, he’s boring enough. Kinda like Mike Sweeney stayed. He fits the KC Royals; slow, boring and solid but worthless.
All of these guys would matter on a stronger team. They can all contribute, just not here.
Now what did Ned Yost tell Nick Wright? Oh yeah, "After the all star break you will really see something, this team will shine." Right, Ned. You stunk at that time and your team still is awful.
I’m always amazed anyone goes to watch the Royals. Why? I guess the park is nice and the beer is cheap? OK it ain’t cheap.
So this year is over, we lose over 90 games again, finish last again, and stink again. Uh, just like your humble scribe said we would in April. Some thought we would get better. But losers lose. This team does NOT KNOW HOW TO WIN. It’s hard to break a losing mentality.
Maybe next year or the next or the next or the next…………………..