I know, I now, it’s early…
And I heard this last year when the Royals jumped out to a 7-0 start and pretty much maintained the division lead tis season’s end. They fell out of 1st briefly just before the All-Star break, and then followed that with a hot summer surge that had them in 1st into the playoffs.
One big reason: timely hitting with the position players all hitting well.
It was the old, “If the starters all hit at a level near the top of their games, the Royals can win it all.” And they did just that, mixed with great defense, strong pitching and baseball’s best bullpen.
However we saw some trouble brewing early this year.
Yes, the Royals jumped out to a nice start, mostly behind solid pitching and defense. But their offense was far below last season when six position players were hitting out of their minds, all over .300 for long enough to matter.
This year that hasn’t happened.
The bats have been cold for almost everyone. And yes, Eric Hosmer is having an outstanding start with a .337 batting average, 32 hits and four homers – nice. Mike Moustakes is showing good power with seven home runs, but his batting average is well below .300.
The rest of the team is ice cold.
Lorenzo Cain is a huge disappointment with a batting average of just .231, only two home runs and not one double thus far. Yikes. Many considered Cain the Royals most important weapon the last two seasons along with Hosmer.
Our DH, Kendrys Morales had a big year last season to help the club win the division, but this season he’s way down with a .217 batting average and only two home runs. Alex Gordon’s even worse with a batting average of just .205 and only two home runs. The rest of team is as bad or worse. Sal Perez is just OK at .241 with four home runs.
All of which has led to being in 3rd place and 4.5 games back of the White Sox.
The Royals are 1-6 over the last two weeks. This didn’t happen last season. We can say it’s early, but if the season ended today there’d be no playoffs, not even a wild card. Continue reading