The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Mark Schremmer

April 6, 2013

BLOG: Looking at the good and bad of the Royals


Fans are a reactionary sort.

After two Kansas City Royals losses to open the season, the Twitter world was ready for manager Ned Yost and general manager Dayton Moore to sign their walking papers and to declare young hitters Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas busts.

What a difference a couple of wins make.

Now 2-2 on the season, the Royals have renewed hope that this is the season they will break through and compete for their first playoff appearance since 1985.

But the reality is that the Royals are probably better than the team that scored two runs over the first two games, and at the same time they likely won’t live up to the standards of a team that scored 13 runs off 19 hits in Friday’s win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

As is usually the case, the truth is somewhere in the middle.

That’s not to say I’m immune to the rollercoaster ride that is a baseball season. There are times I’m convinced Kansas City is destined to lose forever. Then again, I watch budding stars like Salvador Perez and believe the losing days are near their end.

It is the constant struggle I believe many of us have in life. I try to be a glass is half full guy, but frequently someone is tapping me on the shoulder reminding how empty that glass really is.

So after four up and down Royals games, I thought it would be a good exercise to evaluate Kansas City through both ways of thought.

The Royals’ glass is half full

·         The Royals pitching staff has improved considerably as they acquired James Shields, Wade Davis and Ervin Santana and re-signed veteran Jeremy Guthrie. Heck, the starting rotation has improved so much that last year’s top two starters – Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar – have been moved to the bullpen. With Shields, who has won at least 11 games in each of the past six seasons, leading the way, the Royals should have the chance to win more ballgames.

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