I attended the game yesterday at Kauffman and have a few observations:
Kauffman is still my favorite park in baseball, it's a beautiful place to watch a game. Too bad they stuck it out in the middle of no man's land. Not much around but interstates and parking lots.
Cueto pitched great - he looks nasty. First time I've seen him pitch, he had several batters looking stupid. I counted pitches after errors with two outs and figure it cost him 28 additional pitches besides the runs. Defense being the difference in runs AND in 2 additional innings the bullpen had to burn.
The Reds looked horrible overall. Hitters seemed to be pressing. I saw several lunges at pitches and the Royals pitchers weren't even trying to nibble - they just threw it down the pike and dared the Reds hitters to hurt them.
The Reds are obviously sagging as a team and for the first time this season they looked defeated before things even got going good. You could feel it in the park really early - the sweep was coming.
Hairston is just lost at third. He looked tentative setting up for several hitters, once he shifted toward the line then shifted back toward second, and shook his head - he looked confused. He definitely looked uncomfortable.
I was with a niece and her bf and my youngest son, all Royals fans. I caught heck all game long.
And, I hate to say but not only did the Royals sweep - they looked like a much better team than Reds doing it. I expected energy and youthful enthusiasm. I got flat, keystone kops baseball.
KC's Cruz has nasty, wicked stuff. If he gets consistent command of it the guy will be lights out. Banny pitched as well as he has all year. I figure it must give a guy a lot of confidence to look at what's happening to the Reds right now and know you get to pitch against that lineup. Stuff be damned - all you have to do is get close to the strikezone and let them get themselves out.
I've been an advocate of patience but if Joey isn't back and in the groove quick, Walt can
write this season completely off and stay patient looking toward next year
overspend in talent or money and get a serious bat for left and a third baseman who is at least average in the field and at the plate, while benching Taveras until he's completely healthy and playing a Stubbs/Dickerson platoon in CF. Anyhting else is likely to be the same as choice a.
The Reds gave more unearned runs up in this series than the whole team scored. That's ridiculous. KC could almost have swept without getting a hit.
Watching the Reds in person is never a waste of money to me. This came as close as it ever has, though.