2.) Hitting Has Been The Problem, Not Pitching
Before Wednesday’s 13-2 debacle against the Nationals, the KC Royals ranked third in the American League with a staff ERA of 3.45. Thus, pitching has not been the reason for Kansas City’s disappointing 14-13 start. The team’s recent 2-7 slide that included a five-gaming losing streak has been more about the offense failing to produce runs more than any issue with the pitching staff.
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In fact, the Kansas City Royals got shut out in three of four games before winning 7-6 on Tuesday night. The offense is in dire need of a spark and isn’t going to get it by adding another pitcher.
Yet, the KC Royals COULD decided to add another bullpen arm. A good candidate would be veteran lefty reliever Brian Duensing, who was Alex Gordon‘s roommate at Nebraska. The 33-year-old Duensing’s contract includes a May 15 opt out clause, which might make him an attractive candidate for promotion. And yes, Deunsing has pitched well in AAA, with a 1.82 ERA in 14.2 innings pitched with 13 strikeouts. The lefty would give manager Ned Yost another southpaw bullpen arm to go with long-reliever Danny Duffy.
Another reason that Yost could choose to go with a 13-man bullpen up from 12, is that the Kansas City Royals will play 13 games before their next off day. Given the KC Royals starters rank no. 26 in innings pitched, perhaps another reliever would be a good idea.
However, I’d find this decision a bit strange coming off an off day on Thursday. All the bullpen arms should be rested.
Next: Reason No. 3