KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Listening to all the excuses about the Royals' futility is enough to drive you batty.
Management, media and so-called baseball experts are full of excuses on why the Royals can't succeed. The manager, often bears too much of the criticism, but I don't feel sorry for Ned Yost. He leaves the impression he has all the answers, so it just makes it easier to second-guess what he does.
Pitching is the currency of baseball.
Dayton Moore did his job by getting the some quality starters for the rotation. The manager then decided in the off season that Hosmer and Moustakas would start hitting home runs.
Forty games into the season – they've combined for a grand total of five.
The Royals, as a team, have 26 homers – only the Miami Marlins, the worse team in baseball, has fewer.
It was Yost who got rid of Kevin Seitzer, the best hitting coach this team has had since Charley Lau. Seitzer is responsible for the turnaround of Alex Gordon.
The Royals have one legitimate home run guy on this team...well, maybe two. Kauffman Stadium is not conducive to the longball.
Here's the other issue.
Yost refuses to bench Moose. He's one for his last 34. Horrible slump.
And the Royals should have released Jeff Francoeur weeks ago. Yost keeps trotting Frenchy out there, and he keeps swinging at the first pitch. (It doesn't matter where it is.)
He's become the easiest out in baseball.
Look, I don't profess to have the answers, but it's becoming more and more obvious that neither does Ned Yost.
That's Jack's Smack.