The Royals are not just 10-25,owners of the worst record in baseball as I write this. After losing 100 games in each of the last
two years, they have still found a way to play an entire game in which every
single player who made an appearance was 28 or older, and therefore
(statistically speaking) on the downslope of his career.
This is a truly historic
Okay, they slipped up at the
end. With two outs in the ninth, down by
10 runs, Buddy Bell finally found an opportunity to give 23-year-old Justin
Huber an at-bat. Wouldn’t want to put
the kid under any pressure now.
Just burn this franchise down
Rob N’ Rany are back to wallow into the bastion of idiocity that appears to be Royals management. (Harsh, I know but when you say you are fed up then you sit back and do nothing, it only makes matters worse.)
Rob, knowner of all that is knowable, had this strategic gem:
Last year in the
International League, Chris Booker threw 65 innings and gave up two home runs.
Yesterday in the American League, Booker — making his Royals debut — threw one
inning and gave up three home runs.
Justin Huber hit .301/.427/.603 in AAA-Omaha in 27 games prior to being pulled up to the bigs nearly two weeks ago.
Surely the Royals, already 14 games back of the pennant, would be wise to put Huber in to get his cuts. Surely the Royals would know that the worst thing they could possibly do to Huber is to let him rot on the bench.
So in the dozen or so games since Huber got called up, how many plate appearances (not games) do you think Huber has? 15? 20? Nope, not even close. Try: 3.
I have been bad but I am quick to point the other way.
And, truth be told, I was waiting for Baird to get fired befroe posting again and well, it’s been a week….
Taking a little time to pour over the past week of Royals highs, lows and unbearable and I came across this gem from the KC Star:
The Royals entered Thursday’s game against the Twins ranked last in theAmerican League in hits, runs, homers, total bases, slugging percentage
and on-base percentage
The Royals have become a perfect storm of incompetence, frugality and
denial. They can’t identify good young players and can’t develop the
ones they find. They don’t spend enough money to keep the rare good
player they do develop but make up for it by throwing too much money on
free agents who won’t make a bit of difference in the long run.
And they are utterly, blissfully unaware of the fact that they are doing anything wrong.
It doesn’t look too good these days does it? Justin Huber is expecting to make some plate appearances today against the ChiSox, but I haven’t been able to confirm this. I was hoping to see Huber play in the WBC but he missed it because of an injury; I don’t know how much I would have seen of him anyways considering he played for Australia.
But not to overstate the obvious: it will do nothing to Huber’s development to keep him on the bench.
Imminent changes are definitely on the way, maybe even sooner than you may think.
Update: Maybe not.
Well it’s now official: Royals third basemen Mark Teahen was sent down to Omaha. Despite Mark’s occasionaly flashes of brilliance–both behind the plate and on the field–is only batting .195 and is leading the team in strikeouts at 23; only three strikeouts away from tying the lead in AL third basemen.
I guess the prevailing notion about this is to label Teahen with the bust tag. I say not so fast. Teahen breezed through AAA ball playing a scant handful of games (81 plate appearances for Sacremento before being dealt to KC as the centerpiece of the Beltran deal; he had 273 plate appearances for AAA Omaha).
In fact, the only place where he was able to make a significant offensive contribution was in Omaha.
GM Baird had this to say:
“He needs to gain some confidence back,” Baird said. “He needs to go
back to playing to his strengths — staying short to the ball and using
the big part of the ballpark.”
To be fair, a terrific long ball hitter, Teahen will never be. Hopefully Mark can work on his stance and his focus, get some good contact and make it back up to the bigs a better man for the experience.
The Royals came back from a 2-1 deficit to not only earn their second road win but a second consecutive win.
Wins for the Royals are a scarce quantity.
Strangely, it all reminds me of quote Chef from South Park said in season one: "Football is a lot like a woman; you can’t always score, but when you do it makes it all worthwhile."
If there has been a silver lining to what has become a ludicrously long DL-list, it is that the new (Kerry Robinson) and familiar (Aaron Guiel) have really energized the lineup.
All right team! Let’s make it three in a row!!