JACK'S SMACK: Royals have my attention for first time in decades

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's only the second week of the season, but these Royals might be pretty good this season.

This is the best pitching staff since the glory days back in the late 70s and 80s. The good ol' days when they were winning 90 games and drawing 2 million a season.

Man, seems like ancient history now. It is.

One winning season in the last 19 years. No playoffs in 28 years.

There's no excuse for that kind of futility.

I want to believe in Ned Yost. I really do.

At times, his condescending personality rubs me the wrong way, but that's alright. He's old school and like it or not, that's the way he's going to manage.

I do think he goes too much by the book. We saw that during the interleague series in Philadelphia. The Royals went crazy one night, scoring 13 runs on 19 hits in a game, and the next day, Yost had a bunch of those guys who were hot sitting on the bench.

He gets too wrapped in the strategy because it's a national league team.

No. Players play, hitters hit. Why complicate it?

As a cub reporter, I'll long remember Casey Stengel telling me one time that managers might be responsible for winning seven games in a season. That's it. Seven games.

Of course, they could cost a team a lot more.

Look, I still believe Yost is the right guy for this team. The only other way I can see getting sideways with Yost is if he keeps running Greg Holland out there in the 9th inning.

That's flirting with danger. Holland is too much of a risk factor.

I know he saved 16 of 18 games last year, but that's last year.

The best closer on this team, is Kelvin Herrera, no question.

That's Jack's Smack.

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