Friday

Mays...not good



How much longer can this continue? The Joe Mays experiment was a decent risk, but RC has to believe that it's coming to an end. Mays today surrendered five more runs in 3.1 innings pitched, and he walked five while failing to strike out a single batter. Through the first month of the season, Mays has been the worst starter in baseball. Here are his stats through his first five starts:

IPHRERBBK ERA
4.18661212.46
2.23445012.86
5.111861511.68
4.24442110.59
3.14555011.07


Folks, it's not looking good. It's never a good sign when a pitcher has allowed more runs than innings pitched. Is it time to replace him in the rotation, or should he get another start? RC would be willing to let him have one more shot, but as ineffective as he's been, we wouldn't mind if the Royals' just let him go right now and let Mike Wood take over his spot in the rotation. There is no question whatsoever that Wood would be a better option right now, so hopefully the Royals soon come to the conclusion that Mays doesn't put them in the position to win ballgames. The sooner the better.

  • There was some more bad news on Friday, as Shane Costa pulled up lame on a double to right center. Costa was removed from the game and replaced with Esteban German, and the word is that he's likely to be put on the 15-day DL, as early as tomorrow.

    So who replaces him? There are clearly two options. Kerry Robinson had an excellent spring training, and he currently leads all O-Royals with a batting average of .367 through 20 games. Robinson is a slap hitter, and he has no power to speak of. He's not presently on the 40-man roster, so he remains somewhat of a longshot to get the call.

    The other option is Aaron Guiel, who is on the 40-man roster, so the Royals wouldn't have to clear any space for him. However, Guiel has been mired in a slump of late, which has seen his batting average drop to .200. Nevertheless, he still leads the O-Royals with six homers, and he's maintained a SLG pct. of .523.

    To RC, the choice is pretty simple. Guiel offers the most to the big club, and his promotion won't demand reshuffling, so he should get the call. We've never been a big fan of Robinson, and we'd rather have Guiel's power in the lineup than Robinson's speed.


    It's time to see Guiel again.

    It will be interesting to see what the Royals ultimately do, but if Guiel is recalled, we don't think the Royals will lose a whole lot in terms of production.

    Editor's Note (4/29): Well, there's been no official announcement yet, but RC noticed that Kerry Robinson has been added to the active roster. Ughhh. Shane and David, please get back soon.
  • 3 Comments:

    At 4/29/2006 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The only time in the last three years that the Royals were any good was when Guiel and or Phillips played. These guys are hardly the answer but why can't managment see this?

     
    At 4/30/2006 1:07 AM, Anonymous eric said...

    I agree that it is time for Mays to be released or banished to long relief/mop up duty. I strongly disagree with moving Wood to the rotation though. Our bullpen is just now starting to fit together and shaking it up again right now would be bad. I would suggest releasing Mays giving his roster spot to Bob Keppel and promoting him to the rotation until Bautista or Greinke returns.

    The rest of the rotation is begining to emerge. Elarton has been great. Redman will be solid but is still getting his rythm. Affeldt looks to be adjusted back to the starting role. Hernadez, well he was good against the lowly Twins lineup. I will take a wait and see approach with him. He has pitched only 6 weeks of good baseball in his career so I don't have high hopes for him, but I was certainly surprised with his efficent first outing. Throw in Denny and Zach and we have 6 quality starters for the rest of the year. No need to keep Mays on the roster and no need to temporarily move Wood out of the pen.

     
    At 4/30/2006 3:50 PM, Blogger Max said...

    This organization hates Aaron Guiel. Why he continues to stick around here only reveals his own self-loathing.

     

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