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Eric Hosmer on slow start: 'We’ve just got to put a stop to it'

The Kansas City Royals, a team with playoff aspirations and carrying more preseason hype than usual, are off to a rough start. Swept at the hands of the Minnesota Twins this weekend, the Royals are now 4-7 on the season. Or put another way…

Speaking about their slow start after Sunday’s loss, first baseman Eric Hosmer had the following to say (quotes from the Kansas City Star):

Every time we come here to Minnesota, we know it’s a tough game with these guys…But we shouldn’t be getting swept like this. We’ve just got to put a stop to it. Better early than late.”

The bigger problem for the Royals lies with the struggles of their lineup. If you believed in Kansas City this season you probably believed in their offense and the breakout potential of guys like Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Alex Gordon (now that he is in the middle of the lineup). Through 11 games, that production simply is not there, as indicated below:

Lots of work to be done in Kansas City, and this team no longer has the luxury of struggling quietly. People are going to continue to notice if they do not get things back on track soon.

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  • moretrouble

    I agree with your idea that KC “…no longer has the luxury of struggling quietly.” With expectations come attention and it’s all to easy to be a critic. While there may be “a lot of work to be done in Kansas City,” every organization has it’s challenges. KC is not alone in that regard.

    • Hayden Kane

      You’re right about that. And they have plenty of time to turn things around, just like some of the teams that have played well early have plenty of time to fall back to earth. That’s the beauty of the long season.