Jackson Kowar struggled for the second straight game, and the Royals lost 11-2.
It’s time to start thinking about changes to the rotation. Will Kowar get another start? Is he headed back to the minors? Let’s discuss…
BIG PICTURE: The Royals fell to 30-33 with the loss. Don’t forget our rule. We won’t look at the club’s spot in the division or Wild Card race until they are at least at .500. Do you think they will reach .500 again this year? I’m skeptical.
KOWAR STRUGGLES AGAIN… He made it to the second inning. That’s about the only good thing I can say about Jackson Kowar’s second major league start. He allowed four runs on five hits and three walks in 1 1/3 innings. That’s twice as many outs as he had on Monday in his debut. So… that’s… something…
The pressure on Kowar in his first game was clearly more than he could handle. He struggled with everything. Saturday looked about the same. Instead of settling down Monday and getting through five or six innings, he didn’t get out of the first. So Saturday he had that added pressure on him. He wanted to get to the second inning. While that doesn’t sound like much of a goal, it was huge for Kowar. And once he did that, you hoped that he would settle down and have something resembling the success he had in the minors this year.
But Kowar never settled down. His control was awful. I looked for something positive from this outing, and struggled to find anything. I guess the fact that he got to the second inning is a positive, but standards cannot be that low. Not even for a pitcher in his second start. Hell, not even for a pitcher in his debut!
So where do we go from here? I would expect Kowar to get one more start. That’s what the Royals did with Daniel Lynch. Lynch got three starts. After the third start, the Royals told him what he needed to work on and sent him on his way back to the minors. Don’t let the door his you in the ass on your way back.
I do think Kowar will get one more start. Unfortunately, he will miss the Detroit Tigers and instead face the Boston Red Sox unless the Royals throw him on just three days rest, which isn’t likely.
And if he struggles again? I would expect Dayton Moore to do the same thing he did with Lynch, send him back to Triple-A.
I hope they choose a different path though. Kowar dominated Triple-A. He pitched well down there. His didn’t walk many batters. In other words, I think they should leave him in the majors and out him in the bullpen.
Let Kowar take the mound in the middle of a game that is not close and without the pressure of a start or concern about the outcome. Let him focus on going just one inning. Regardless of how well he pitches, you take him out after one inning. Let him learn how to be successful at the major league level. Once he gets that, you can increase his innings but still from the bullpen.
If Kowar goes to the bullpen, who leaves? Assuming nobody moves from the bullpen to the rotation to take his place, somebody will have to leave the bullpen. This is a no-brainer. Wade Davis needs to go. Davis brings nothing to the team on the field, and with his struggles it’s hard to imagine he his very helpful in the clubhouse.
NEXT UP: Kris Bubic starts on the mound Sunday in an attempt to earn a series split. The way the Royals are playing right now, a split would be terrific.
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