Kansas City Royals: Three Reasons Not To Panic

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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields (33) Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports


The Kansas City Royals are coming off a horrific three-games series in which they were swept by the Minnesota Twins. Fans seem to be abandoning the team fast than rats abandoning a sinking ship.

I wrote before about why early season performances shouldn’t make Royals fans jump off of a bridge. It seems like this topic needs revisiting. If you need reassurance to talk yourself off of the ledge, here are 3 things you should remember about the 2014 squad:

1). The Royals still have pretty good pitching.

Despite the last few games, the pitching staff is still pretty solid. James Shields currently boasts a 2.37 ERA, Jason Vargas, the dark horse of the rotation has posted a 1.64 and the young Yordano Ventura stands pat at 0.00.

Guthrie is still under 4 and Bruce Chen can barely be blamed for his sad 6.30. Much of Chen’s marks can be traced to a few unfortunate moments by the Bullpen, which, lest we forget, was the best in Royals history last year.

While they may not put up quite the same numbers this year, there’s little reason to think it will implode to pre-2013 levels.

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