Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Royals spiral

This season has been difficult as a fan of the Kansas City Royals. At the All Star break they are already digging the hole and carving the tombstone for the 2018 season. But how deep a hole are they digging for themselves the rest of the season?

My latest Ghost of 62 segment shows them at the bottom of the MLB looking up at the All Star break. The Baltimore Orioles are right there with them and initially appear to be worse because they play in the AL East with the two teams with the best records this year in the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Yet the Royals lack of accomplishment has been in the AL Central where the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers are also among the bottom six in the MLB and the Cleveland Indians have the fewest wins of any division leader.

The headlines the past couple weeks give constant updates how the Orioles are about to trade away their best player Manny Machado. The fire sale looming at Kauffman Stadium will soon have Dayton Moore on tv like a used car saleman as every one must go. I have faith in Moore because he was the mastermind behind the original Royals rebuild that garnered the World Series Championship only three seasons ago. The trades he made that season were the right ones to make that Championship run getting rentals like Cueto and Zobrist. Now it is about making the right trades to build for the future. 

The question will be how bad will the Royals be after that fire sale? The depths they plummet to the rest of the 2018 could be historical. 

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