Sorry for the absence the last week! Between the site getting boogered up, some travel for work, and long nights at the office it’s been a weird ten days. We’re back on schedule though!
A Look Back: It’s been rough
I think saying “it’s been rough” doesn’t come anywhere near describing how awful we’ve looked in nearly every aspect of the game. Let’s face it, guys. We’re a terrible team right now. We’re the 0-16 Lions, the 7-59 Bobcats, the 1962 Mets, the ’89 Cowboys. We’re miserably terrible and I’ve never found Royals baseball more difficult to watch. We collectively knew that we weren’t a good team, but I don’t think anyone expected a 3-13 start to the season. Our only saving grace is no team in our division has a firm handle on the reins. At 3-13 we’re only 6.5 games out of the division lead. Not a daunting number unless you start looking at end-of-season projections with a sixteen game sample size, but I’m not going to ruin your day with that kind of negativity. On to the next one, as they say.
The weekend series features an ok Detroit team playing host to our beloved Royals. Today presents a double header with a make-up game from April 4th being slotted in at a 12:10 start time. Here’s to hoping that the boys can right the ship a little bit and, at the very least, win a series.
- J. Hamel: 0-1 3.86 ERA (KC) vs M. Fulmer: 1-2 3.86 ERA (DET)
- In his last two starts, Hamel has tossed 11.1 innings and allowed just two earned runs. I’m not willing to say he’s fixed himself, but he’s looked better.
- Fulmer hasn’t found much consistency in his first three starts of the year. He’s been great and just plain bad. I hope the later is what we see this afternoon.
- J. Junis: 2-1 1.93 ERA (KC) vs Da Norris: 0-1 7.11 ERA (DET)
- Junis was knocked around a bit in his last outing lasting 4.2 innings and allowing 4 runs to score. He’s quietly propelling himself into the spotlight in Kansas City.
- Norris is making his first start of the year after being assigned to long relief to start the season. In his only two outings so far, things haven’t fared too well for him.
- D. Duffy: 0-2 3.86 ERA (KC) vs M. Fiers 1-1 3.86 ERA (DET)
- Duffy has improved in each of his three starts this year. In his most recent outing, Duffy was able to pitch six scoreless innings only to see the bullpen come in and give the game away. Consistency is going to be key for Duffy, and having performances like he did and then watch your team lose has to be discouraging.
- Paxton will not repeat this seasons results thus far. He’s been too consistently good in the past to come and get lit up by a struggling lineup. This game shapes up to be a true pitchers duel. Both pitchers in my mind are too good to keep failing in 2018.
- E. Skoglund: 0-2 9.31 ERA (KC) vs. F. Liriano: 2-1 2.55 ERA (DET)
- Skoglund looked mostly sharp his last time out aside from the first and fifth inning. He did show improvement and we should all keep our fingers crossed that he continues to get better until Karns is able to return.
Starting Tuesday we have seven games in six days at the K with another double header on Saturday against the White Sox. Check back in Monday for an abbreviated preview of the two game set with Milwaukee and as always, like share, and subscribe!