The Royals (2-6) had their work cut out for them against the hot Seattle Mariners (9-2) on Monday. The Royals’ pitching staff decided to take a different path to this loss. They decided to have the starter allow a lot of runs instead of waiting for the bullpen.
Homer Bailey gave up seven runs in five innings. After the game, Ned Yost said that Bailey pitched better than his line indicates. Oh my. Did he really say that?
Where do they go from here? It is early but you have to think that Cal Eldred has to be worried about his job. If things do not improve in the next few weeks a change has to be made somewhere and the Royals have shown that they will throw hitting coaches under the bus so I would expect the pitching coach to go this time. Is it Eldred’s fault? Who knows. Do we think anything could be done with this group of pitchers? It’s Dayton Moore’s fault, Ned Yost’s fault, Cal Eldred’s fault and every pitcher in the bullpen as well as Homer Bailey’s fault.
Whit Merrifield [2-for-4, R, K]
Whit led off the game with an infield single up the middle to extend his hitting streak to 29 games.
Adalberto Mondesi [1-for-4, R, RBI, K, 2B]
Mondesi looked much better in his first at bat back at home. He doubled to center in the first inning scoring Whit Merrifield from first base.
He did fall victim to the breaking ball later in the game. He’s another Royal struggling to hit the breaking ball along with Soler.
Alex Gordon [2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 K]
Alex continues to hit the ball hard. He hit a hard single through the infield to right to score Mondesi in the first inning. He then singled in the second to score Billy Hamilton.
Jorge Soler [0-for-4, BB, K]
Why would you throw Soler anything other than a breaking ball down and away? He swings almost every time and he can’t do anything with it. He either swings and misses or hits a weak ground ball to the left side of the infield. If he doesn’t fix this he’s going to continue to struggle.
Martin Maldonado [0-for-4]
Maldonado showed off his defensive skills by throwing out Edwin Encarnacion trying to steal second.
Billy Hamilton [1-for-4, R, K]
Hamilton continues to stay hot at the plate. He’s not stealing bases like we expected but he’s getting on base and making pitchers nervous.
Homer Bailey [L, 28 GS, 5 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 96 P, 61 S (64%), 2.00 WHIP]
Homer Bailey started the game well with a nice first inning but then lived up to his name allowing three solo home runs and seven runs overall until he was pulled in the sixth.
Tim Hill [0.1 IP, H, 2 R, 2 ER, 15 P, 7 S (47%), 3.00 WHIP]
Hill entered the game in the sixth with the Royals down 5-4. Hill got an out on a hard hit ball but also hit a batter and allowed a hit.
Kevin McCarthy [0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 23 P, 13 S (57%), 12.00 WHIP]
McCarthy really struggled. He entered the game and immediately allowed a single, a double and a three-run home run to give Seattle a 12-4 lead.
Scott Barlow [2.1 IP, 3 H, R, ER, BB, 3 K, 45 P, 28 S (62%), 1.71 WHIP]
The game was way out of hand when Barlow entered the game so take his performance with a grain of salt but he did well. One run allowed in 2.1 innings for Barlow. We will see how he does under pressure.
Ian Kennedy [IP]
Kennedy pitched one perfect inning but he also was under no pressure.