And what a roller coaster ride it’s been for the Royals!
The team’s core group from its World Series years is mostly still here. Plus the Royals are still in the mix for a possible wild card berth.
Unfortunately, like last year the team, they’ve never really looked like much of a team. Nor have they ever even been in first place for a day. At least they’re playing .500 ball again.
So even with Eric Hosmer – KC’s only maybe superstar – we can’t for sure be in the playoffs, let alone win or compete for a division title.
Cleveland has won 20 in a row on its way to plus 100 wins and have destroyed our Royals all season.
And that’s what a top team looks like today.
The attendance of course is falling as fans face the awful truth of yet another average season likely to be followed by years of trying to stay average and out of last place.
What kind of team will KC have next year?
Yes we lost some great relievers over the past three seasons including Wade Davis. We all know about the tragic death of Ace Ventura and the continued problems with our new ace, Danny Duffy.
We have no real starting lineup of pitchers today, just a mish-mash of hopefuls, maybes and mistakes.
Now KC has to build from the minor league, drafts and trades.
Now we are no longer a contender,
And Kansas City isn’t exactly a garden spot for a young player to become a star, right?
Will young budding stars want to join the Royals today? Not very likely.
Plus, THE MONEY JIMMY.
We ain’t rich.
As for keeping those oh so important superstar core players for another year or more…
Kansas City has one halfway legit kinda baseball star, Eric Hosmer.
He’s now our entire offense for the most part…24 home runs, .328, 85 RBI’s, .395 OBP…177 hits – all team leading save the home run number.
Mike Moustakas is the home run king on the team following a huge first half of the season roll with nearly 30 home runs. He even made the All-Star team and home run derby.
Since that time he’s faded badly on the home run front with not even 10 more since.
Moose needs one more to cinch the KC all time home run record.
But who really cares at this point?
Nearly Eevery other team but ours (and our former KC A’s has at least one player with plus 40 home runs) and we don’t have ONE.
SOOOO….other than Eric, our other core players including Moose, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar and maybe a couple pitchers…none will be in huge demand.
Don’t get me wrong, teams will want Moose, for a price, but nothing close to Hosmer’s plus $100 million for 5-7 years.
Moose is not a proven power hitter and he likely won’t break 40 this year while he is only hitting .275.
He’s a pretty good third baseman – a good player but not a star. Sorry.
So if KC wants to keep him they can if they pay him likely less than they did Alex Gordon!
But will they?
As for Cain, he will be 32 years old. He’s an excellent center fielder, a solid hitter 280-300 with light power…15-20 homers a year, so he will be available but not for huge dough…We pay him around $11 million a year now…I don’t see his value going up.
P.S. Hosmer is a goner.
So other than Hosmer the Royals could keep everyone else if they wanted to.
Or start the rebuild with Sal Perez and Whit leading the way.
However KC needs to find pitchers and it’s going to be uphill from here.
Do I think KC will slide into the post season this year? I don’t.
We have to jump 4 other teams. I mean we maybe could but man we just can’t win more than 2 in a row with no pitching.
Hey, we had 2014/2015 put those years in your memory abecause it could be a long, long wait for another team like those ever shows up around these parts.