The day off today gives the Kansas City Royals and their fans a day to mentally recoup after their first sweep of the season. Even after losing their first two in heartbreaking walk-off fashion, this trio of painful losses is the biggest emotional punch the Royals have taken so far in this young season.
Because KC desperately needs to beat up on the less competitive teams in the league, especially the Minnesota Twins, this sweep is a big blow to the Royals’ hopes for a postseason berth regardless of how early in the season it occurred. Looking at the schedule for April, it seemed KC had a great chance to get hot early. On this particularly painful off day, the spitting, icy rain and snow on the ground aren’t the only reason folks in Kansas City are feeling cold and blue.
As Rex Hudler would tell you, the series began with a “stinker” in Minneapolis when the Twins trounced Royals pitching and made Game 1 a blowout. On the following day, when the Royals still had a chance to reach .500 with one win, the game ended in similarly embarrassing fashion. Then, despite yesterday’s occasional heroics, the Royals lost a close one when their aspiring setup man committed a big throwing error and a much bigger mental error.
If you were watching, you probably did so with disgust much like I did as Davis threw a temper tantrum that stopped him from reaching home plate in time to stop the winning run from scoring. It was that whiny screaming fit that lost KC the game and probably cost Davis his job as a setup man.
That role was clearly up for grabs already with Aaron Crow being thrust into the duty only to immediately fail, but it seems like Davis cemented the idea that he isn’t mentally capable of being put in that position. And so the search continues not only for KC’s setup man, but for any tiny fragment of consistency from their bullpen.