The Royals are beginning to turn away from their "future super star" Eric Hosmer…
Yep, todays Kansas City Star held more proof of the team’s lack of confidence that their guy will ever be much more than maybe the next Alex Gordon. Meaning a solid player – nothing much more than good – not great. Holy Molly!
So the Royals press dogs have now started pushing for Mike Moustakas, the Moose. He was front page news today – the team’s best third baseman since George Brett. The guy leads the team in homers at seven and is batting .300. They even compare him to all the other good third baseman in the league for range.
They‘re desperate we’re desperate.
Clearly with Hosmer out of the All-Star Game, it’s THE MOOSE, who the Royals want to take his place.
Unless it’s a pitcher or Billy Butler (the second coming of Mike Sweeney) it will likely be Moustakas. That is, unless his average slips to .250 and he doesn’t hit any more homers in June (like Hosmer didn’t in May).
Hosmer’s stuck on five home runs.
The directionless Royals even started a rookie against the Yankees a couple days back at Yankee Stadium. Good move, he got crushed. That was an easy money bet with the Yankees just a 2 to 1 favorite over KC. But good luck getting takers outside of online or Las Vegas. So yeah, we lost.
So the Royals, with the third worst record in baseball, now have the dud of the year in Eric Hosmer.
Most baseball insiders and Royals fans thought he was a sure thing this season. Eric would hit over .300, have at least 28 home runs and drive in over 100, no problem. Instead he’s been hitting around .180 with few homers and RBI’s.
Is he a bust? Probably not a complete bust.
It looks like he will join Butler and Gordon as guys who are good to have on your team, but no big deal. And that’s painful.
Oh, for those of you who will tell me the Royals have done much better than when we lost one million games in a row to start the season. Really? We were 6 1/2 games out of first at that time and now we are 8 1/2 games out with the second worst record in the American League.
I hope Eric gets going again, but it doesn’t look too good right now.