JACK'S SMACK: Yost too predictable against Braves

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Royals have become painful to watch these days, but they're providing some lively chatter on sports talk radio. Ned Yost has been getting hammered for the past 24 hours.

He deserves to come under fire, after that 9th inning debacle in the Atlanta game.

A lot of folks are piling on the manager for not pinch-hitting Elliott Johnson or Jarrod Dyson. I get that.

There's also been a lot of criticism of Yost for batting Alcides Escobar number two in the order. We've been chirping about where Escobar hits in the lineup for most of the season.

My problem with Yost - this manager never lives on the edge. He seldom takes a chance. He's so predictable.

Everything he does seems to be out of the Bobby Cox "Do it this way" handbook.

Sure, we all like to second-guess the manager. It's part of the reason why the game is so intriguing.

In that situation Tuesday night, I would have put Cain in to run for Moustakas who was on third base. With one out at the time, with Dyson batting, why not lay down a drag bunt or a suicide squeeze. Get the game tied and go from there.

Huh uh, nope.

Dyson swinging at air, and getting nothing.

I think most of us really believe the Royals are a better team than anything we've had around here for the past decade or so. But it's a fact – they're 35-39 as we approach of the halfway mark.

That's the identical record of a year ago this time. How can that be with best pitching in the American League?

How do Dayton Moore and Ned Yost expect to keep their jobs?

The bigger question is why should we continue to care.

We're gluttons for punishment.

Remember, 28 years and counting since this team has been to the playoffs.

That's Jack's Smack.

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