Well at least this week the Kansas City Royals ended their ten game losing streak.
That losing streak did elicit a lot of comments and questions about how a team that so many people thought would be better was struggling so much. Well I know people get excited when they see all the good young hitters that the Royals now have on the field – and there are several more on the way that are at a minimum just as good. But....
The but is that they are not pitchers and until Kansas City’s pitching gets even close to the hitting, they are still going to lose a lot of games. True they have had several injuries to their pitchers which have hampered them this year – Joakim Soria and Greg Holland being key losses from the Royals bullpen. And yes they have several good, young pitching prospects on the way. But for now their pitching can’t help them contend in the AL Central.
They have another decision to make on the pitchers in their rotation and I am willing to bet they get it wrong – again.
Felipe Paulino looks to be ready to come back of his rehab assignment and when that is the case (this weekend unless there is a setback) who will the Royals move out of their current rotation? The candidates and their current ERA's:
Not even listed is Everett Teaford (3.86) who pitched very well last year (3.27/1.14 in 44 innings pitched) and is currently filling in while Duffy has his start skipped. (BTW rather than let him get off track in his last start and then skip one how about the pitching coach getting off the bench and going out to visit him and help the young pitcher get past a bad call and not ruin the rest of that inning and thus his start)
Chances are the Royals will put Teaford back in the bullpen and put Paulino back in the rotation sending Mendoza to the bullpen or to the minors. Short sighted and likely trying to justify their trading Melky Cabrera for Sanchez. Mendoza was clearly the better pitcher in spring training and in his first start. He then had two bad starts but did rebound with a decent effort this week. Better than Sanchez did.