KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Five observations on the current state of the Royals.
MAKE OR BREAK FOR DAVIS?
Yes, the Royals continue to say that right-hander Wade Davis is not in peril of losing his position in the rotation.
But another horrific start by Davis -- and he has had two in his last three starts -- could make the Royals change their mind.
If they are serious about staying in contention in the Central, they can't wait much longer on Davis and his 5.89 ERA and 1.75 WHIP. They simply can't afford to.
If Davis bombs again tonight, the Royals' options are limited, of course. They can return Luis Mendoza to the rotation, but the feeling here is that manager Ned Yost simply won't go that route. He has framed Mendoza in a long relief role for quite some time.
Option No. 2 is left-hander Danny Duffy, recovering from Tommy John surgery. Duffy struck out 13 hitters in a Double-A game last week in 5 13 innings. (He was transferred from Triple-A Omaha briefly last week so he could pitch ...