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Don't look now, but the Royals are winning with Ned Yost

Jul 8, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

Last night the Royals staged a late-inning rally to complete a three-game sweep of the Mariners, giving them 10 wins in the past 13 games and a 27-23 mark in 50 games since Ned Yost replaced Trey Hillman as manager.

Kansas City is still just 39-46 overall, which is merely the 21st-best record in baseball, but that puts them only eight games back in the thoroughly mediocre American League Central and suddenly has Yost talking about actually winning the division. Seriously:

You look at today and we’re a good week and a day away from being in first place. That’s the way I look at it. If some guys lose some games, and we get on a bit of a run. We’re in it. I mean, really. Eight days. If things happen. Yeah, I really believe it. Why can’t we make a run? We’ve made a little bit of a run. If we keep winning series and keep playing the way that we’re playing, who knows what can happen?

We’re in a good spot. We just have to continue doing what we’re doing and, slowly but surely, make up ground. We have to continue to pitch the way that we’ve pitched. We’ve got to continue doing what we’ve been doing. There are a lot of things that have to go right but, heck yeah, we still think we’re in it.

Even in baseball’s weakest division it’s tough to take the Royals’ too seriously as contenders until they actually get above .500, but Yost going 27-23 after Hillman went 12-23 this season and 152-207 during his three-year tenure deserves some notice.

  1. MuskyHunter2542 - Jul 8, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Brewers Take Note!!!

  2. YankeesfanLen - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    They may actually do it if they keep Farnsworth out of the relievers lineup.

  3. malmstorm - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Farns is having a good season, but then he’ll remember who he is.

  4. geoknows - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    You should go check Farnsworth’s numbers this year. The Royals are using him late and often, and he’s doing well – actually working on what may be his best year ever. The strikeouts are down, but so are the home runs, and he has very much changed his pitching style. Still, you almost want to hold your breath waiting for the wheels to come off just based on his rep, but he’s seriously been OK.

  5. Alex Poterack - Jul 8, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Let’s not forget that Yost is also the man who said “The math is on our side” when the Brewers were 2 games behind the Cubs with a couple weeks left to play…
    That said, I do think he is the right guy for a rebuilding team like the Royals, and his optimism is probably welcome in that clubhouse, however misguided it is.

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