The Kansas City Royals might be second guessing themselves after picking up Ned Yost’s option for 2013.
The Royals have ridden a seven-game losing streak straight to the AL Central cellar, and their latest swoon marks the ninth consecutive season that a Yost-managed team has had a losing streak of at least six games.
And The DUD isn’t the only one hating on Ned Yost right now. Jeff Zimmerman from Royals Review said yesterday, “I have just had it with Ned’s backwards thinking/tinkering as manager.” Read his full post that outlines all of Yost’s mistakes from Wednesday’s game here.
Besides having the worst manager in baseball, the Royals aren’t hitting or scoring runs. 1B Eric Hosmer is 0 for his last 11 and 4 for his last 34. LF Alex Gordon began the season 0 for 17, and he’s still hitting just .149 with 16 strikeouts. As a team, the Royals rank 23rd in runs, averaging less than four a game.
That would be enough to win if you had the Washington Nationals pitching staff, but instead they have a #1 overall bust in Luke Hochevar and a supporting cast of turds. Hochevar’s ERA going into the weekend is 7.84. Jonathan Sanchez’s ERA is 6.89, and Luis Mendoza comes in at a cool 5.59. Opponents are hitting .262 against the Royals’ arms, and they enter the weekend ranked 21st in ERA and 22nd in WHIP.
Outlook: You should be completely miserable, Kansas City. The Royals were a sexy pick to land one of the two AL wild card spots, but instead they could be completely out of it by June 1st. 33 of their next 39 games are against clubs with a record of .500 or better. The other six are against the Twins and Red Sox, and the Royals are 35-67 against them over the past four seasons.