There seems to be two opinions when it comes to the current state of the Kansas City Royals.
One, Ned Yost is mixing and matching his lineup in order to save legs and arms in order to get into the playoffs with a fresh lineup free of the normal fatigue a team might face.
Two, Ned Yost needs to stop throwing out differing lineups and use the guys he plans to play in the postseason and get this team back on track.
The concern remains the same, however; Have the Royals peaked?
During a 162 game season and looking at a team with 84 wins, it’s hard to say they aren’t primed for a run in the postseason. Still, there is no denying the Royals are struggling.
Currently in the midst of losing 8 of their last 10 games, Kansas City’s starting pitching has been borderline awful–at best inconsistent, and outside of a game here and a game there, the offensive has struggled just as mightily.
Ironically enough and standard among any fan base, Royals fans have quickly forgotten about the past filled with dismal seasons for a franchise which has experienced success over the course of its history.
Now, with a winning team locked into a playoff spot, even a random and few-and-far-between losing streak, fans are beginning to groan at the prospect of the Royals fizzling out early in the postseason.
Ned Yost and his players maintain an even-keel, understanding there is plenty of time to right the ship before the ALDS.
Offensively, the Royals are capable of scoring runs, but as of late, the pitching has been the source of frustration.
Johnny Cueto is currently suffering his worst pitching slump of his career, having lost his last four starts and against the Orioles, gave up 4 home runs. Cueto seems to be throwing the ball down the middle of the plate and unable to find that movement which has made him so dangerous as an ace over the course of his career.
In for him to the type of success the Royals expect after signing him, Cueto needs to find that shiftiness which makes him almost impossible to pick up as a batter.
Kansas City is attempting to win its first series over its last four as they take on the Cleveland Indians.
The Tribe took game 1, 8-3, and face Kris Medlen in game 2.
A series win over the lowly Indians could potentially be the start of the Royals turning on the engines as they head into the postseason and work to capture home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, which was once almost a lock, but because of the slide, is now coming down to a battle with the powerful Toronto Blue Jays, who have played home run derby since acquiring Troy Tulowitzski from the Colorado Rockies.
After a 4-game set with Cleveland, the Royals will travel to Detroit to take on the Tigers before coming home to host the Seattle Mariners.
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