It's June 1st. Here the Royals are at 23-27. They've managed just 2 wins in their last 10. With their heavy inter-division slate through the end of May this was a date I thought we be a revealing one as far as where they are as a team. It is. They're nowhere, and headed in the wrong direction.
Their best hitter has been Billy Butler. Alberto Callaspo is the only guy over .300. Jose Guillen has been atrocious. I'm not even sure that word covers it. Mike Jacobs has been himself. On pace for around 30 homers and 150 strikeouts. Coco Crisp does lead the team in walks, which on this team means nothing, but is hitting only .233. Nobody is going to score 100, or drive in 100.
We all know about Zack Greinke. He has been phenomenal. Gil Meche has been a bit of a disappointment. Sidney Ponson and Luke Hochevar have been terrible. Brian Bannister has pitched well, but it's been 8 starts. Joakim Soria is hurt. Kyle Farnsworth is pitching great now that his innings are meaningless. Kyle Davies had unrealistic expectations set on him from some late starts last year. Their overall pitching numbers don't look bad, but they're giving up more runs now, and this is with fielding that has been a pleasant surprise.
Mark Teahen only played 4 games at 2nd before being needed as Alex Gordon's replacement at 3rd. Wherever he has played it has been well. The shortstops and 2nd basemen are under the league average for errors. Coco Crisp has made some blunders but his range is a huge help to the pitching staff. Mike Jacobs is not a great fielder, but he wasn't brought here to do that. The overall performance of the team defense is more than acceptable.
It's the same theme every day. Every week. All year, from the pre-season til it's over. We now know that those spring training numbers were inflated. They meant nothing, and their performance is the proof.
Is there time to turn this thing around?
What hope could fans have? This lifeless offense shows no signs of anything. The division has been weak. It's not out of the question that they bounce back, but I just find it hard to believe that they will. Getting swept at home by the Sox may have been a good indication of where this team is headed.
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Written by Joe Coburn