KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For much of this season, some fans and talk-show hosts have bemoaned third baseman Mike Moustakas' presence on the team.
As Moustakas scuffled along with an average below .200 in May, and with power numbers that were almost non-existent until July, his critics demanded the Royals ship him back to Triple-A Omaha -- never mind that there were no real alternatives there to be called up.
But now we all can see what the Royals' lineup looks like without Moustakas -- we've seen it for six of the last seven games as Moose recovers from a strained calf muscle.
And it's a lineup that looks awfully toothless from the six through nine spots.
Yes, it's quite telling about the fragile nature of this Royals offense, which has scored just 16 runs in the last seven games, that we can all be begging for the return of a .236 hitter with 30 RBIs.
But the truth is, the Royals have missed Moustakas in the last week perhaps more than they have missed Lorenzo Cain or Miguel Tejada...