The Kansas City Royals were a trendy pick to be one of baseball’s surprise teams this year. For a while, that was the case: With a May 1 win over Tampa Bay, Kansas City moved into the American League Central lead.
Since then, the Royals are 6-14 – tied with Houston for the AL’s second-worst record during that span.
Despite the three-week skid, Royals general manager Dayton Moore has not made major changes to his team, other than sending reliever Kelvin Herrera to Triple-A Omaha this week. Alcides Escobar (.202), Chris Getz (.188), Jeff Francoeur (.161) and Mike Moustakas (.149) have remained in the everyday lineup despite dismal May batting averages.
And Moore has no plans to change managers, telling FOXSports.com Friday that Ned Yost has done a “great” job this year and has only gotten better since taking the position in May 2010.
Moore spoke glowingly of Yost’s leadership and steadiness with young players during a telephone interview and added, “He’s the least of our problems.”
One source indicates that owners David Glass and Dan Glass have given Moore a high degree of autonomy over major team decisions, including Yost’s future. So, at least for now, Yost has good job security.
The Royals have suffered a relatively low number of significant injuries this year, but Moore expressed hope that Jarrod Dyson can spark the lineup once he returns from a sprained right ankle. The Royals are last in the AL with 28 home runs, and Dyson’s speed had become a valuable commodity.
Dyson has an .847 OPS in 18 games this year. Kansas City is just 1-7 since Dyson’s most recent game.
-- Jon Paul Morosi