A few weeks back it was just a question of if the Royals won the division or became a wild card…
That’s before KC sank like a rock to barely .500 ball with Cleveland enjoying a 4 game lead. And the written-off Minnesota Twins are tied with us at .500.
Our starting pitching is average at best and we have no real ace on the team. Danny Duffy is back from injury but has not been very effective at 7 and 7 with an ERA of 3.48.
Meanwhile, all-star pitcher, Jason Vargas has fallen to 13-6 with an ERA of 3.40. And our other two starters are worse…Jason Hammel is 5-9 with an ERA of 4.73 and Ian Kennedy is 4-8 with an ERA of 4.83.
Now the really bad news…
Our best position player Sal Perez is on the DL for at least 10 days.
And he could be out a month or more with just 6 more weeks in the season.
Perez is our catcher, an All Star and maybe the most talented player on the team. He’s also the team leader and has a batting average of .278 with 21 homers and 65 RBI’s – second in most with everything that matters next to Hosmer and Moose.
So what happened to that win streak?
Look, our boys are streaky and hard to predict. Sure they could get hot again. As of today they are tied with a few other teams for the second wild card spot. If they don’t improve fast, like NOW, it will be over in two weeks or so.
Like all of you folks I liked what I was seeing in July.
Unfortunately then came August.
Yes, I thought this team was average at best early this season. Then they got super hot and I thought, damn, I was wrong.
Now I just don’t know what to think.
Hosmer has cooled a bit as has Moose. Are they starting to think of next year and where they will be playing? I’ve always thought Hosmer would become a Yankee – don’t know about Moose.
Is this the 2014/2015 core groups last hurrah?
I know we all want it to end deep in the playoffs. It’s the .500 league save Houston, so its still possible.
That said, I think without Sal and at least two very good starters it can’t happen. And unfortunately that’s where we are today.