Saturday, June 6, 2009

Glimmer of Hope

It is going to take a long time to rebuild the Kansas City Royals. The minors were in a shambles when GM Dayton Moore took over. Right now the talent that Moore has drafted is in the lower levels of the minors. It is going to take a good four years to build up our minors. Only then can we grade Dayton Moore.

In the mean time, all he can do is make some trades or free agent signings to keep the team going until we see the fruits of 4-5 years of draft picks. Would we all like to see a winner now? Yes. But we have to do what we have done before, wait. The Royals are not going to field a team of free agent superstars or make trades for superstars. That will deplete the minors as we have to give up compensatory drafts when we sign other teams free agents or trade away prospects to get superstar major league talent. Dayton began with a depleted minor league system. He is not going to sacrifice his draft picks to try to win now or next year.

Today's 6-2 victory over the Blue Jays showed some hope. The 3 keys to winning (good pitching, good defense and timely hitting) were there. Hochaver pitched well along with Farnsworth. Soria "saved" the game even though it was not an official save opportunity. But for all intents and purposes, the Royals are happy with the unofficial save. We showed some timely hitting getting hits when people were on base to knock in runs.

This could be the win that turns the team around. One game after Greinke showed he is a human being may have made the players realize that baseball is a team sport and that they can't just sit back and depend on Zack all the time to be the spark.

We can only hope.