Nearly everyone was on this year’s Royals bandwagon, right? Even me…
And I’m the guy who for several years has called our two pro teams "no shows." Yep, this was to be THE YEAR THE ROYALS STEPPED UP. Yes sir, a year to remember.
The team had an O.K. start on the road with three wins and three losses. Starting pitching was very good with an ERA of just over 2.00. Hitting was decent, not great. Hell, Eric Hosmer had two homers. Nice start.
Then the Royals came home.
Friday home opener. Luke Hochaver, the Royals Ace gets the start. Sold out stadium. And before the Royals even get to the plate it’s 7-0 Cleveland Indians. Yep, seven runs in half an inning. The fans were stunned.
This is the home opener? This is our year? O.K. we had a bad game. We’ll come back.
Cleveland is horrible. They came into the game with the league’s worst team batting average. But what followed led to this: more than 20 runs in all three games before the fourth inning by the "Cleveland Bombers" and a 9.00 ERA by the Royals starters.
They all stunk, poor fielding, poor base-running, poor timely hitting and even poor relief pitching.
Yep, by the 8th inning of game three at Royals stadium (Kaufman’s House), the once sold-out stadium was back to the normal crowd of 3,500. Nobody was there. Nobody cared. "Same Old Royals."
Want more stats? Hosmer is hitting just over .200 and the rest of the so-called stars are not much better. Only Danny Duffey who gets to be hammered tonight by Detroit, has not been jacked yet as a starter.
I will have to swallow some crow on this one.
While I was over the top on purpose, I did believe the Royals were going to be a solid team this season. I expected the strong hitting and defense to overcome some pitching issues.
But the way it looks now, I no longer can see that happening.
I know its early, but the ugly handwriting is on the wall. As George Brett says, "Poor starting pictching cannot be overcome with great hitting – won’t happen."
Brett’s correct, we still stink. Maybe next year?
Nah, winning is a culture we just don’t have in KC other than the Kansas Jayhawks.
So bad, so sad.