Royals Skid Reaches Four, Drop Game 2-1 to Mariners
Another quality start from a Royals starting pitcher, but the Kansas City offense couldn’t hold up. Stop me if you’ve heard this before.
Yordano Ventura was nails for 7.0 complete innings only allowing two earned runs. Ventura had six strikeouts, and scattered six hits. If the question is, “Did Yordano throw fire today?” You bet he did. Ventura was cruising right along, when he allowed Mike Zunino to crush a solo shot to take a 2-1 advantage.
The offense would fall to pieces after what looked to be a promising second inning. Roenis Elias struck out five Royals, scattered five hits, all while only allowing one lonely run to the Royals offense, well if offense is what you call it.
This is the typical Royals thing to do; Average seven runs per game during a 10-game winning streak, and then average 2.25 runs per game during this 4-game losing streak. That’s the typical Royals thing to do to have two straight quality starts just for the offense to squander it. It’s the typical Royals thing to do to win 10 straight, and then lose four in a row. That’s so Royals.
What really irks me, is Eric Hosmer. Ned Yost continues to hit Eric Hosmer third. Hosmer is struggling, and you cannot have your three hitter be an automatic out every single time he comes up.
Eric Hosmer has been atrocious at the plate. A typical at-bat consists of this: Foul off a pitch right down the middle, swing at a ball two feet out of the strike zone, and then stick his butt out to swing at another pitch that is way out of the strike zone. Yes, Hosmer had some hard-hit outs today, but that doesn’t matter in the box score at the end of the day.
The Royals will look to end this 4-game skid against the Dodgers tomorrow. Pitching matchup for the upcoming series are: Guthrie/Grienke, Duffy/Kershaw, and Shields/Haren.
I wouldn’t be so quick to jump ship on the Royals yet. We have to remember that baseball is a marathon and not a sprint. Things will turn around for the Boys in Blue. At least we hope it will.