As fans are forced to sit through night after night of the Royals finding new and exciting ways to lose games, we keep hearing the same culprits being blamed.
Bullpen couldn't hold the lead. The starter stunk. Couldn't drive in baserunners. Errors. Ned Yost did *Insert cliche here* again….
But one glaring issue has seemingly flown a bit under the radar. This Royals offense is bad. Real bad. While Mike Moustakas and Jorge Soler continue to have excellent years, that is about where this feel good story ends. Whit Merrifield and Abraham Almonte are holding their own and deserves a pass from criticism as well, but the rest….well…
Oh sweet heavens, what do all of those negative numbers mean, is it bad? Maybe this is like a golf score version of MLB advanced metrics….So are lower numbers BETTER??
LOOK AT THAT! The Royals are actually STACKED with offensive leaders right!!????
Wrong. When sorting by "OFF" according to Fangraphs, the Royals managed to place 3 players inside the top 21 worse offensive players in all of baseball. Alcides Escobar also manages to clock in at #37 on todays countdown as well.
Want it to look worse? How about if we just do the American League only….
SWEET HEAVE…..MY EYES! MAKE IT STOP! Four Royals inside the top 20 of the worse everyday offensive players in the American League. That's not going to plan a lot of flags in the outfield folks.
This isn't anything new for most reading this. We all know the Royals stink. We all know the Royals are going to CONTINUE to stink. This was simply a courteous reminder that they are, in fact, managing to stink in every conceivable way possible. Collectively. As a whole. Thus far the only "group" on the Royals not doing their job of securing the #1 overall draft pick in 2019 is the starting rotation, and even they mange to only rank 21st in all of MLB. Point being…its a real team effort.
So buckle up Royals fans. Start scouting those early round draft picks. And if you need to go to the bathroom and the bottom of the order is coming up….go ahead….grab some nachos too.
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