I’m just implying it as strongly as possible. After seeing some of the ridiculous quotes from Trey Hillman in Bob Dutton’s KC Star article, I had to post a quick followup to yesterday’s post. These are actual quotes from Trey Hillman following Thursday’s game against Detroit. This was the game in which the bullpen blew a third consecutive save to start the year and finished up a series in which they allowed 16 runs in 9.1 IP, while the starters allowed 3
(2 ER) in 19.2 IP.
“We’ve got to give guys an opportunity to settle into roles,”
He’s talking about an 8-man bullpen soon to be reduced to seven in which five of the guys were in the exact same role last year (Colon, Tejeda, Cruz, Farnsworth, and Soria). They should be pretty well settled by now. The only thing in question each night is which guy will go out and pour gas all over Kauffman stadium before lighting it on fire.
“We don’t have guys with a long history of being effective in the seventh and eighth innings. We’re going to have to develop it.”
Actually they have exactly the opposite. They have many guys with a long history of failure in the seventh and eighth innings and apparently they’re not going to develop anything different at this point. Cruz is in his 10th season and is 31 years old, Colon is in his 5th year and is 30, Tejeda is in his 6th year and is 28, and Farnsworth is in his 12th season and turns 34 next week. Dusty Hughes might develop, but if these rubes were going to develop or become successful it would have happened by now.
The fact is that it’s been apparent for over a year that this bullpen is the biggest gaping hole in the roster, and yet it has not been in any significant way. Contracts play a part, but the organization did nothing to change the makeup of this year’s bullpen in any significant way.
I realize he can’t come out and say that his guys are worthless and there’s no hope, but I feel like he really thinks they can turn a corner and suddenly start shutting people down. The fact is that these guys have long track records showing their mediocrity and they’re unlikely to ever show anything else. How the Royals can justify the fact that they addressed the problem in no tangible way this offseason is beyond me.