Royals starting pitcher Chris Young tied a team record by allowing five home runs in a game, as the club fell below .500 in a 6-3 loss to the Yankees.
When I heard what Young had to say, it made me wonder if there was anything left I his arm?
“It’s a horrible feeling,” Young said. “I put in a lot of hard work and effort to be good at this game, and the results aren’t there right now. It’s frustrating.”
It’s not just Young–it is the entire rotation. After Monday, the starters’ E.R.A. is 6.93 in the last 13 games. The Royals have lost ten of those games.
Now 15-16, the Royals have a losing record for the first time since July 2014.
Perhaps there are bigger issues dating back to late last year? This club had to rally in several post season games. They really had no right beating Houston, needing a tremendous game four rally and they beat the Mets closer three times.
That late inning magic only works for so long and eventually winning consistently on late rallies and miracles comes to an end.
What Ned Yost is left with is a team that is 26-33 since last September during the regular season.
The Royals need to feel a sense of urgency. Other teams are gunning for the champs and at some point soon, the World Series hangover needs to end or it will be a quiet summer in KC.