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The Kansas City Royals Power Hour

May 29, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

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The Kansas City Royals did not hit a home run again on Tuesday — heck, they only managed two hits against the Cardinals, a hard double and soft single by Billy Butler — (update: they failed again on Wednesday) and so that means they have two home runs since May 15, both by 439-year-old Miguel Tejada. How bad is this power outage? Well, I’ve been keeping up with this a bit on my personal blog but just as a quick point of reference:

— No Royals regular has hit a home run in 14 straight games (though Miggy Tejada is looking more and more like a regular with the astounding struggles of Mike Moustakas, who is now hitting .178 on the season). The last Royals regular to hit a home run was Billy Butler on May 14.

— The Royals have not had a left-handed batter hit a home run since the aforementioned Mike Moustakas on May 10. To give you an idea how long ago that was, the hockey playoffs were still in the first round, the Heat was playing at Chicago having just lost to the Bulls, and the IRS story had  only just broken.

— The Chicago Cubs have outhomered the Royals since May 15 and, no, wait, that’s not it. Oh yeah, The Chicago Cubs PITCHING STAFF has outhomered the Royals since May 15.

— The St. Louis Cardinals hit three homers more home runs against the Royals Tuesday night, which is more than the Royals have hit since May 15.

Actually, this is a point worth expanding upon: The wind was blowing out at Kauffman Stadium Tuesday for the Royals-Cardinals game. The Cardinals sent rookie lefty Tyler Lyons to the mound. Lyons is a promising prospect but he’s still a rookie, and he’s a lefty, and the wind was blowing out. The Royals still didn’t even come close to homering. They never really do.

And this gets to the heart of something else. The Royals have not exactly been facing the 1965 Dodgers pitching staff during this absurd power outage. A look at the starting pitchers the Royals have faced during this streak makes the thing even more impossible:

5/29: Lance Lynn

5/28: Tyler Lyons (rookie making his second big-league start)

5/27: Adam Wainwright

5/26: Jerome Williams

5/25: Billy Buckner (former Royal, making his first big league start in three years)

5/24: Jason Vargas (30-year-old who was second in homers allowed last year, giving up 35)

5/23: Joe Blanton (who came into game 0-7, 6.62 ERA, with league slugging .562 against him)

5/22: Jordan Lyles (22-year-old who came into game with 6.63 ERA with league slugging .524 against him)

5/21: Bud Norris

5/20: Dallas Keuchel (who came in having given up 19 homers in 113 career innings)

5/19: A.J. Griffin (who had allowed eight homers in 51 innings, he gave up three more in his next start)

5/18: Tommy Malone (31 homers in his previous 241 innings)

5/17: Jarrod Parker (nine homers in 40 innings coming — also a 6.64 ERA)

5/15: Barry Enright (second start in more than two years)

You know who is not on that list? Justin Verlander. And CC Sabathia. And Felix Hernandez. And really any of the, say, 40 best pitchers in the American League. Other than Wainwright, you would have thought the Royals would hit home runs BY ACCDIDENT.

By the way, the Royals loss was their 18th in 22 games, and their 10th straight home defeat, tying a club record. The other day, I predicted that the Royals and their connections would spend a lot of time talking about the little things — which they seem to be doing — but I did not make the equally obvious prediction that soon Royals manager Ned Yost would make a bizarre and hilarious statement that would show him beginning to lose his mind. Hey, it happens to all of them. The Royals drove Tony Muser to his make his locally famous quote about how the Royals needed to pray less and drink more tequila. The Royals drove Tony Pena to guarantee a pennant and jump in the shower with his clothes on. The Royals drove Trey Hillman to all sorts of craziness. You can’t blame them — they’re only human.

And so is Ned Yost, only human:

“What are you asking me to do?” he told reporters after Tuesday’s game. “Take my belt off and spank them? Yell at them? Scream at them? What do you want?”

Yep, Ned Yost is out of ideas. Every Royals manager gets there sooner or later.

  1. dondada10 - May 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Is it time to blow it up in KC, again?

    How stupid is the Wil Myers trade gonna look?

    • eightyraw - May 29, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Wil Myers has 7HRs this week. He hit two last night, matching the Royals’ output since May 15. At least James Shields should bring back a nice return at the trade deadline.

      • atmdst - May 29, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Maybe they can trade him for Wil Myers.

  2. sleepyirv - May 29, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Evan Gattis should go through his sofa cushions and send any loose home runs he finds to the Royals.

  3. kcroyal - May 29, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Royals Baseball. Come To Play!

  4. spudchukar - May 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    To be fair the guys who are currently manning the starting line-up are not home run threats. Perez is away on bereavement leave, so the catchers are Moore or Kottaras. Miggy is subbing for Moustakas. Escobar at SS isn’t a threat. Eliot Johnson holds down second, and Lough started in CF on Monday. Cain has occasional power when he is healthy, but has only homered 9 times in 4 years.

    So that leaves 1B, LF, RF, and DH. Hosmer at 1B is probably the best bet. He banged out 19 in his rookie season in 2011, but fell off to 14 in 2012, and has only hit 1 in 2013. Francoeur holds down RF, but has always been more of a slasher, averaging 15 HR’s a year, and hasn’t hit over 20 HR’s since his second year in the Bigs.

    That leaves Alex Gordon and Billy Butler, the only proven hitters the Royals can boast. Gordon has hit 14, 15, 16, and 23 HR’s in his four best years, and 6 and 8 in his weaker ones. Plus he is sometimes put in the lead-off spot.

    That leaves the DH, Billy Butler. A consistent .300 hitter, RBI success, and a tough out. But HR’s are not his specialty. Granted last year he slugged 29 dingers, but in his other 4 seasons he totaled 11, 21,15, and 19. Currently he stands at 5, an indication he is resorting to past form.

    So when you field a team, on whose starting 9 not one player has averaged 20 homers in a year, your HR stats cannot be expected to reach league averages. That doesn’t excuse the pathetic performances by the Royals’ hitters to date, but it should remind fans and management, the Royals are more likely to succeed putting hits together, not homering.

    • eightyraw - May 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      This shines a spotlight on organizational failure to develop sluggers or produce a roster with a capable offense . The K is not HR friendly, but the 30HR drought (as pointed out by Poz last week) of the Royals is inexcusable at this point – nearly as pathetic as the Royals’ failure to teach players the value and skill of drawing a walk.

    • sportsdrenched - May 29, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      To me, among all the stats pointing to Dayton Moore needing to be fired is that: Alex Gordon & Billy Butler were both drafted by Allard Biard.

  5. billyboots - May 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!

    Larry: Lollygaggers!

    Skip: Lollygaggers.

  6. geoknows - May 29, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Doesn’t everybody realize that home runs are rally killers?

  7. kcrobert10 - May 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Got to love being the laughing stock of the league. Prediction they won’t hit one tonight cause the had to ride the bus to st Louis cause the plane broke down. Does anyone else feel like there are watching the real life movie version of major league.

  8. mianfr - May 29, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    When does Phil Hughes pitch against them?

    • geoknows - May 29, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      He already did, on May 10.

      He gave up two home runs.

  9. sportsdrenched - May 29, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I had to check to make sure this wasn’t an Onion peice.

    The Twitter meltdown over this is spectacular.

    • byjiminy - May 30, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      Thanks, that is truly Onionesque.

      We told them to stop trying to hit home runs here, it’s too hard in this park.

      But other teams hit home runs here.

      Yeah, because they haven’t given up. So they have lots of practice.

      You really couldn’t make this stuff up.

  10. uuddlrlrbastart - May 29, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Maybe the problem is that their managers have been Tony Muser, Tony Pena, Trey Hillman, and Ned Yost. And Buddy Bell and Bob Boone.

  11. lew24 - May 29, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Did I mention that the wind was blowing out?

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