Breaking: Royals still aren’t good

I always wanted to know what it was like to be the first to know something. Tonight, I still haven’t captured that feeling.

Via BTF, we learn that not only are the old Royals bad…so are their new guys. The construction of their lineup, which was intended to revolve partly around the thunderous bat of Mike Jacobs, has been among the worst in the AL. A lot of that is because of Jacobs himself, who is currently sporting a .313 wOBA and a shiny -.2 WAR. The 2009 Royals lineup reminds me of the 2008 Mariners lineup, and I shouldn’t need any fancy stats to tell you why that’s a bad thing. The opening line of the article is what led me to this comparison:

Mike Jacobs is a designated hitter who has been replaced in six of his last 13 games for a pinch hitter. This is not a good thing.

Remember when Jose Vidro was the Mariners designated hitter last season, despite his complete inability to…well, hit? The Royals are doing essentially the same thing by playing Jacobs at first base. They have admitted that he can’t hit by pinch-hitting for him all the time, yet they play him at the second most offensive-minded position in the game. Forgetting the fact that a player who can’t start on the Royals must not be the greatest player in the world, what are the Royals thinking? They pinch hit for the guy who is playing the position usually assigned to the best or second-best hitter on a team.

Jacobs can’t hit, or at least this year he’s not. They don’t have to play him every day if that’s the case. The Royals are playing him every day, but they are then conceding that he’s not a good enough hitter to be counted on late in the game. Does any of that make any sense? Does anything the Royals do make sense? Hello?

The Royals aren’t going anywhere this year or next. What they should do if they’ve lost confidence in Jacobs, as he says they have, is call up Triple-A slugger Kila Kaaihue. The Hawaii native hasn’t put up the same stellar numbers this year as he did last, when he hit 38 home runs across three levels, including one in the major leagues. This year has been quieter, at .263/.396/.470 with a 69/71 strikeout-to-walk ratio, but still very productive. Why they haven’t called him up get some experience is beyond me, especially since he’s already on the 40-man roster.

Do any Royals fans have any insight into this situation?


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gbewing
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gbewing
Where do I start as a (gulp) Royals fan. The Royals are basically the least sabermetric friendly team in baseball (ironically Brian Bannister may be the most asture sabermetric player in baseball) they don’t get on base % is important, the organization has taught 1rst ball hitting for years though they claim to have changed that philosophy with the new regime. They keep making excuses why Kila can’t make it, they didn’t trust the rapid jump he made last year, his swing was too long, now of course he’s having an off season though clearly still a better hitter than… Read more »
Greg Pattreson
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Greg Pattreson

I watched Kila in Des Moines this week. He’s got a nice stroke, but he is the definition of “defensive liability”.

He has no idea how to play 1B. He was out of position so many times that it wasn’t even funny after a while, it was kind of sad.

I have no doubt he’ll be able to hit in the mlb, but his glove has no business being in Triple A.

Dan Novick
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Dan Novick

If I remember correctly, Mike Jacobs is no Ozzie Smith with the glove either.

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