by John Viril—
After the Royals dramatic comeback victory on July 4, manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star, “We feel like we’re over the hump offensively.” Yost also proclaimed, “Early in the season, a 5-0 lead felt like a death sentence. But, it doesn’t feel like that now.”
Even though the Royals lost to Oakland 6-3 Friday night, they did mount a 9th inning rally. They sliced a 6-0 Oakland lead in half and finished the game with the tying run at the plate. And, yes, a comeback no longer felt impossible even against such a large lead.
The Kansas City Royals still need offensive help.
Despite a recent uptick in home runs (26 in their last 32 games), Kansas City still lacks power. And, second base is still an offensive black hole. After a hopeful 3-hit game in his season debut, Johnny Giavotella has gone hitless in his last 3 games (10 ABs). While we still do not know if Giavotella can be the “answer” at second base, his recent performance at least raises the possibility that he ...