So far, the first 11 games for the Kansas City Royals have been a disaster. They already have fans questioning whether or not they are the team they promised to be and the season is only two weeks in.
Obviously, the worst of the assumptions that the Royals are going no where this year have surfaced in the past week after being swept by the dreadful Minnesota Twins. Let’s take a look at the season thus far; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The good news is we have six more games in a row against the Houston Astros and the Twins. It would be nice to win five of those and be sitting one game above .500 when we head to Cleveland for a four game set.
Another good thing to take out of the first 11 games; our starters have been phenomenal with a few exceptions. Led by newbie, Jason Vargas, the Royals starters have put together the fourth best ERA in Major League Baseball with a 2.71 ERA.
Well, obviously we just got swept by the Twins. That’s pretty bad. Also, with as good as our starters have been, our bullpen has been just the opposite. Ranking 26th in ERA, our “stellar” bullpen has a 5.13 ERA thus far. As fans, we can’t be too worried about the bullpen yet. We can’t expect them to go out there and dominate every game like they did in 2013, however, it seems like Royals’ relievers have been getting pretty roughed up so far.
The offense. The whole offense (spare Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain). The team is hitting a collective .239 with only 22 extra base hits. And of course everyone knows; only one of those is for a home run.
It gets worse. The Royals are hitting only .213 with runners in scoring position.
Patience is spreading thin, quickly, with the Kansas City fan base. Frustration seems like it is effecting multiple players on the team. Most notable, designated hitter Billy Butler, who is abnormally hitting .182 with an on base percentage of only .231.
There are a lot of wrongs and not a lot of rights sitting with the Kansas City Royals, but it isn’t panic time yet. We may need all the wins we can get, but we are only 2.5 games back of first place as it stands.
Last season during the wildcard chase, most of us were ecstatic when we were only 2.5 games out of the playoffs.
So don’t worry. . . not yet.