Apr 29, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Wade Davis (22) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

It Happens


The last two games have been gross. That’s probably the kindest thing I can say about the performances the offense and starting pitching unleashed on their unsuspecting fans. If you’re ready to jump ship and classify the 2013 team as the same old Royals, slow down and consider this, games like these happen. Sometimes terrible pitchers beat good teams. Last August Tyler Chatwood and his 6.61 ERA lead the way in a shut out of the eventual World Series winning Giants. That likely does little to console, but in a 162 game season season, games like these will be sprinkled throughout.

To bring it closer to home take a look at the 1985 Royals. In June they lost three  in a row to the struggling Mariners. The starting pitchers for Seattle those three games?  Frank Wills (70 ERA+), Matt Young (86 ERA+) and Bill Swift (88 ERA+). The ’85 team is actually a decent comp for this years team. They had a strong rotation, good bullpen, and an offense that had only three above average hitters. Sound familiar? The Royals may turn out to be closer to the 2011 team record-wise but we don’t know that yet. It’s April and there’s still a whole lot of ball left to be played.

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If you haven’t heard, MLB is expanding their presence on YouTube. If you want to see Bo Jackson run up a wall or rob  a home run, or if you just want to watch game six and game seven of the 1985 World Series, well now you can. Be warned though, with the good comes the bad.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ccaltrider Caryn N Ryan Caltrider

    The collapse has begun. Should be out of it in a couple of weeks. At least they were competitive for almost a whole month this season. Progress!

    • Jeff Parker

      I wouldn’t count them out just yet.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ccaltrider Caryn N Ryan Caltrider

        How about now?

        • Michael Engel

          You’re allowed to have other hobbies…

          • http://www.facebook.com/ccaltrider Caryn N Ryan Caltrider

            Huh?

          • Michael Engel

            If the whole “watching the Royals” thing isn’t working for you, there are other things you can do. Take a walk. Take up knitting. Learn a new language. Take a cooking class. Build a treehouse.

          • http://www.facebook.com/ccaltrider Caryn N Ryan Caltrider

            I have plenty of other hobbies thanks.

          • http://www.facebook.com/ccaltrider Caryn N Ryan Caltrider

            I take it you believe this team still has a realistic chance as currently constructed to compete for something meaningful?

          • Michael Engel

            Oh, it’s not looking good but I don’t think they’re as bad as they’re showing right now in the end.

            My bigger point was that if the team is causing you so much misery, maybe it’s time for a little break from watching them.

          • http://www.facebook.com/ccaltrider Caryn N Ryan Caltrider

            Good point, if only it were that easy. I wish it were as easy as just picking a new team.

          • http://www.facebook.com/ccaltrider Caryn N Ryan Caltrider

            I will now take you up on your advice as I am pretty sure that losing 2 of 3 to Houston is the universal sign that your season is over. This franchise is still a punchline.