Jun 21, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Vargas (51) delivers a pitch against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Lose Third Straight


The Royals failed in their quest to re-gain their rightful position atop the AL Central, losing to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday by a score of 2-1. It was their third straight defeat.

Jason Vargas (3.16 ERA / 1.21 WHIP) started for the Royals, and went 8 and 2/3rds innings, giving up ten hits and two runs while striking out two and walking none. A solid outing that lasted perhaps a batter too long. With the sore tied at 1-1 in the ninth, Ned Yost decided to leave Vargas in after a brief visit to the mound, and Mariners DH Dustin Ackley singled in what proved to be the winning run.

The Royals offense was stymied by Seattle starter Chris Young (3.23 ERA / 1.17 WHIP), who gave up only three hits, a walk, and one run on a solo shot by Alex Gordon. Fernando Rodney earned his 20th save of the season, his second in the last two days against KC.

The lingering euphoria of the magical ten game winning streak is gone now. In its place, the more familiar despair Royals fans know all too well. Welcome back. Now go away.

There will be many more ups and downs before the season is over. But take heart. As we near the half-way mark, it looks like we have a team that can genuinely compete for a post-season berth, over the long haul. The pitching and defense are good enough to keep them in games consistently.

I feel a KC win coming tomorrow, flowing in to town with the positive chi from the South.

 

 

Tags: Justin Vargas Kansas City Royals

  • Ryan Caltrider

    Another headline could be, “Yost loses second straight.”

    • jimfetterolf

      Yeah, had to be a perfect idiot to put Holland in last night or leave Vargas in today to get an easy ground out to end the inning.

      • Ryan Caltrider

        Good thing we have a perfect idiot managing then.

      • Ryan Caltrider

        Also, the problem the night before wasn’t bringing in Holland, it was pinch running for Billy when he was already on third and thus not having him at the plate with the game on the line at the end. Point blank, Yost is not a good manager. Good managers don’t get fired when their team is playoff bound at the end of the season like Yost was in Milwaukee.

        • jimfetterolf

          Milwaukee isn’t a great example of a well run franchise, but I’m grateful for Cain and Escobar. As for Billy, does have a hard time scoring from 3rd on a double and many bloggers and commentators have been raging about his poor hitting all season. I just think the Ned-Hate has reached the extremely funny level and is herd mentality at this point.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            Whereas your constant defense of Yost is laughable to me.

          • jimfetterolf

            Answer this: Billy on 3rd, less than two outs, tight game late. How many managers in major league baseball do you think would not pinch run for Billy?

          • Ryan Caltrider

            Any good one.

          • jimfetterolf

            And I think every manager would pinch run for Billy in that situation. This is the guy who got thrown out at 1st on a liner to right.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            So did Infante. Would you pinch run for him?

          • jimfetterolf

            Had you seen the plays you might realize that they were different situations.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            I saw them. I know baseball. I realize you don’t think people know as much as you do but I’d take my chances. You’re old school, I get that. But you’d do well to open your mind up to new ideas.

          • jimfetterolf

            You haven’t shown anything new school other than parroting talk radio and a couple of the blogs. If you saw the plays you would have realized how strained your attempted equivalency was on Infante. If you knew baseball you would know that most runners on 3rd have several ways to score. Of those ways, Billy may have one-third to one-half. Your comment on losing streaks shows how little you know about baseball.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            Jim seriously, your baseball knowledge is very limited. You’re a legend in your own mind.

          • jimfetterolf

            So we agree, we have no respect for each other’s baseball knowledge. That’s fine, I run into that a lot amongst the Royals’ haters. Enjoy.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            I don’t hate the Royals. I hate their poor management. Thanks for showing your closed mindedness.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            And you show everything old school and are unwilling to listen to new ideas. You’re a grumpy old man that is set in your ways so have fun with that. I’m sure you love the sacrifice bunt. Your standard argument is that everyone repeats blogs. I’m not even sure you really know what a blog is.

          • jimfetterolf

            I keep waiting for a new idea. I know a lot of sabr folks that can present ideas. You just repeat what you read elsewhere. You’re a little like Sam in that regard.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            And you just go with old school shit. Seriously, you have no original thoughts. Have fun in your lonely little closed world where Moore and Yost are geniuses like yourself.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            Also looking like #4 in a row today. And with Grienke and Kershaw up next it could very easily reach 6 in a row. The wheels fall off quick.

          • jimfetterolf

            So much for Sveum being a savior. Teams adjusted to new approach, as predicted, now Royals have to adjust back. Baseball is a streaky game.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            Yet somehow the good teams avoid the long losing stretches. But this team isn’t a good team. They are average at best. I just hope they don’t mortgage the future to add players because they need a lot of help to ‘ve a true contender.

          • jimfetterolf

            You really don’t follow baseball.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            Ok so now you’re just turning into an ass like you do when you have no point. You’re an arrogant jackass and I’m sure very lonely.

    • Tyler_KC_Fan

      Not fair to put the loses on Yost.

      Last night Yost probably should have put Ciriaco in after Butler had his single, but the way the ball was hit I’m not sure he would have scored anyways. Holland had his first bad outing in forever. In his mind, he figured he would have gone through the inning clean without having to worry about anything. Not to mention that your starter gives up 3 HRs in the game and 5 ERs through 7 innings. Shields has been struggling as of late and the normal, 7 innings of 1 run baseball isn’t something we will get as often it seems. So your ace doesn’t have a good outing and your All-Star, league leader in saves, has a bad outing. So last night wasn’t on Yost.

      Today’s game isn’t Yost fault either. Vargas was rolling. He through 95 pitches going into the 9th inning and rolled through 2 outs throwing only 102 pitches. I’ve got no problem with leaving Vargas in because he wanted it. He gave up 1 run through 8.2 innings. After a single, most managers might take him out, but Vargas said “I can do this” and Yost believed him, which nothing happened today to make him think otherwise. Unfortunately a couple singles and bloops lead to them scoring in the 9th. But saying it’s Yost fault when your pitcher goes 8.2 innings giving up 2 ERs and your offense has 3 hits TOTAL and only scoring 1 run off Gordon’s HR… that’s not Yosts fault. Young had the 7th best opponents batting average in the league at .220 and he showed that off through his 7 innings of work.

      Another headline could be, “Welcome to the rollercoaster, the test of true fans.” The fact that 38,750 fans will show up to the stadium after a 10 game win streak and after losing 2 in a row and the attendence drop to 21,640 is a telling story. Heat isn’t an excuse either because yesterday was just as hot and the wind was completely dead yesterday. True fans look at more than stats and who to blame. Today they were beat by a solid pitcher. Yesterday, the slight fall that we have been waiting for of Holland happened and Shields struggled to his normal standards. We were beaten. Simple as that.

      • Ryan Caltrider

        The manager’s job is to make the decision. I don’t care if the pitcher says “I can do it”. If that’s the case then don’t have a manager. The manager shouldn’t manage on “feeling” or “hunches”. Once Vargas gave up the double he probably should have been pulled. But definitely after giving up the next hit he should have been gone. Also, you have a much better fielding second baseman on the bench that probably should have been in the game in the ninth, ESPECIALLY after you pinch hit him in the bottom of the inning anyway.

        • Tyler_KC_Fan

          It’s called believing in your players. If Shields was to say “I can do this” no one would complain. If Vargas had struggled all game, then yeah he’s out no questions asked. But Vargas was handing it to SEA. He had 7 hits, 1 run, 95 pitches though 8 innings. He only had one inning that he was in any trouble, and SEA scored. Otherwise he kept control of the game all the way till the last out. Infante didn’t come in because he was going to have the day off. If Vargas could have gone through the inning without giving up a run, Infante wouldn’t have been in the game at all. The only reason Infante came in for Ciriaco to begin with is because Infante has more power than Ciriaco. But, because SEA scored we when with power, otherwise Infante wouldn’t have been in the game to begin with.

          • Ryan Caltrider

            If, if, if, if, if…

  • Nicholas Abuhl

    Was at the game. If it wasn’t for the error in the top of the 9th royals would of came away with it I think. Shoulda thrown him out at first but bobbled it. Alex Gordon continues to impress. While other royals continue to be inconsistant at the plate. Defense for the most part did very well. Besides a few key errors that cost them. Do think maxwell could have put some more effort into his outfield play. Think he could’ve grabbed some more outs if he wasn’t so lackadaisical. Defense had some good plays at the plates as well including a close double play .