Famous Last Words
Two months to go in the 2016 MLB season…
Unfortunately our Kansas City Royals have fallen on tough times. For the first time in three years this late in the season they’re under .500 and it’s going to be a tough run.
For starters there are nine teams with better records than KC’s.
More to the point, KC needs to have at least be the 5th best record to make the playoffs.
There are three teams in second place or third have records over or at 10 games over .500. Boston, the Blue Jays and the Astros are all well ahead of KC right now. The Royals would first have to jump over teams like the Tigers, Seattle and even the Yankees. And the clock is ticking.
Right now we can talk about injuries to Moose, Lorenzo Cain, and losing guys like Wade Davis and Alex Gordon earlier in the season. However other than Cain, it’s really not about the injuries, is it?
Right now the best hitter on this team is Moose replacement, Cheslor Cuthbert with a .297 batting average and nine home runs. So you can’t make that argument, plus his fielding is outstanding. In fact, he may well replace Moose next year. Who knows?
The rest of team, save Paulo Orlando is just not hitting at all. Even Eric Hosmer has fallen to .291 and has but one home run in going on two months. And he looked like a guy who would easily hit 25 maybe 30 homers at the end of May but he’s stuck at 13.
Kendrys Morales has 16 and leads the team but has been up and down with a .257 average. As of late he has been our second best weapon. Even Sal Perez has slowed down with both homers and timely hits. Timing is everything and both Perez and Hosmer have been cold when it counts. And Alex Gordon looks more and more like a big mistake in the big money signing. Great guy, good hitter and was a tremendous arm but injuries have slowed him down and he may not ever be the same.
Our pitching staff has been off and on, but other than Danny Duffy, our ace at 6-1, every other starter is north of a 4.00 ERA. The bullpen has also been shaky other than Wade Davis, who we can’t use much because we have trailed in most games the last couple months.
This home stand after the All Star break was supposed to be a make it or break it before the trade deadline, but so far we are 2-4 losing both series to Texas and Cleveland.
Is there hope? Who do we trade? Do we go after a name starter, another bat? Who? Continue reading