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Royals have too much pitching, go to six-man rotation

Jun 27, 2011, 8:57 PM EDT

Kyle Davies AP

What other choice do they possibly have?  It’s not like you can up and demote Fantastic Felipe Paulino or Jeff “The Canadian Crusader” Francis.

With Kyle Davies returning from the disabled list this week, the Royals plan to go to a six-man rotation, possibly for the rest of the season, according to manager Ned Yost.

The career ERAs of the Royals’ six starters:

4.60 (Bruce Chen)
4.61 (Danny Duffy, eight career starts)
4.77 (Francis)
5.45 (Luke Hochevar)
5.55 (Paulino)
5.60 (Davies)

I’m not going to blame Yost for this.  Davies is the Royals’ highest-paid starter at $3.2 million, and the front office probably isn’t keen on making him a reliever or simply releasing him, even though he’s 1-6 with a 7.46 ERA.  And it wouldn’t really be fair to dump anyone from the current group to make room for Davies, though only Chen deserves any real semblance of job security based on his performance over the last year.

So, six it is, though probably only for a little while.  Davies can’t have much more rope, and it’s not like anyone from the group has diplayed much durability lately.  Davies, who is coming back from a sore shoulder,  was the only one of the six to make 25 starts last season.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 27, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    So either 6 bad starters are better than 5 or……WTF? April was fun while it lasted, but just like that 13 year old whose voice is cracking when he speaks the other ball has dropped and the Royals are back to being what everyone knew they would this year. Here is to Hosmer, Moose, Duffy, Crow etc… gettting better and when the rest of the youngins come up slowly but surely turning this around. Like I always say, Look out 2013!

    • sportsdrenched - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:39 AM

      This is the kind of S*** that makes me tune out the Royals till March despite Hosmer, Moose, and Duffy being on the big club.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jun 27, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Sorry, looks like a WalMart clearance bin at trade deadline time. Now, if you throw in Hosmer…..

    • paperlions - Jun 28, 2011 at 8:03 AM

      ….which the Royals would do….why? None of the pitchers make any real money (at least, for a ML pitcher, they don’t).

      I realize that it is an off-handed comment, but it is the accumulation of these types of comments and the greed/entitlement they represent through time by Yankee/Red Sox fans that grow dislike for those fan bases.

      • Joe - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:29 AM

        I’m a Red Sox fan. I don’t advocate the Royals trading Hosmer or any of their other young, cost-controlled talent, even to Boston.

  3. pisano - Jun 27, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Look at the era’s for these guys, they would be fine at double A. I don’t think any other team will hold their breath waiting to trade for any of these guys.

  4. JBerardi - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Normally I’d point out how stupid a six man rotation is, but it’s not like the Royals are going to do anything this year anyway. If it keeps some miles off the arms of guys they may actually use in the future, I guess it’s defensible.

    • The Baseball Idiot - Jun 28, 2011 at 7:10 AM

      Players can’t develop if they can’t play. Keeping Francis and Davies in the rotation is stupid, but that’s the kind of decision that Royals fans have come to expect from Dayton Moore.

      And Matthew is right. Yost isn’t to blame, becasue everyone knows he has no power over these kinds of decsions. It’s all on the puppet master.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 28, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    KC still has a team?

  6. Joe - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    This is one of the more depressing posts I think I’ve ever read on this site. At least those related to on-field activities. Sorry Royals fans.

  7. sportsdrenched - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    For the love of God what kind of dirt does Kyle Davies have on Glass/Moore? I thought it was a good thing that the Royals rotation was finally good (go ahead snicker, I am) enough to force Davies out. Yet, he comes back from the DL and they have create a spot for him.

    He is the worst SP in MLB History for as many IP’s. Eat the salary and designate hit for assignment.

  8. pistol0928 - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    There needs to be a story on my boy Brace Face (Alcides Escobar) and Alex Gordon. Both have a chance of getting the gold glove which is a cool bright spot for the Royals.

  9. spudchukar - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Maybe the thinking goes like this. We have 6 pitchers who we honestly cannot decide who is more worthy of starting, so why not just let them all try, its not like we are going anywhere anyway, it will save some mileage on the younger arms, and let the chips fall where they may. Since the Royals have been so sucky choosing their starters recently, why not let them just play out the string and make our evaluations later.

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