OTC: Dyson’s Lost Focus Sinks Royals Hopes For A Win In Detroit

Jarrod Dyson after getting picked off second base in the ninth Tuesday night.

Headline in Wednesday’s Kansas City Star after the Tigers 4-2 Tuesday night
GH: The tag line for this Royals headline read, “Teams now tied for AL Central lead.” But the photo that accompanied this headline showed a frustrated Lorenzo Cain after he had struck out with two on in the second inning. While the Royals and Tigers might be “knotted up” in the ALC, the Royals appear to be the club that is also knotted up when it comes to nerves, clutch play and getting the job done in September.

“I haven’t really sensed a lot of it here in this series. And that’s a good thing.”
Ned Yost, when Bob Fescoe asked him about the Royals feeling pressure, 610 AM
GH: I don’t expect Yost to declare that his team is choking in Detroit but from the looks of his team’s defensive lapses, poor starting pitching and small-ball failures, one could surmise that knots are forming in the throats of the Boys in Blew…uh, Blue.

photo (2)“You have to be locked onto the pitcher there. I guess I just lost my focus. … It was a do-or-die situation and I didn’t get the job done.”
Jarrod Dyson, when asked to explain how Joe Nathan was able to easily pick him off second base in the top of the ninth inning in a 4-2 game, FoxSports KC
GH: I really do not want to rehash what most of us witnessed last night with Dyson being inserted into the ninth inning as a pinch runner and promptly getting picked off by a struggling Joe Nathan with the ease one would pick off a guy with a 15-foot lead…who happened to be in a wheelchair…and was stuck in the mud. Dyson is the Royals Lin Elliott. He has shown the team just how poorly he performs in clutch late-season base-running situations and yet Ned Yost refuses to belief what his eyes are telling him. Spoiler alert:  It didn’t work out real well for the Chiefs.

“How do you lose focus? He was in the game for two minutes! … The Royals think Dyson was in Nathan’s head? No. Nathan was in Dyson’s head. Detroit wasn’t rattled.”
Steven St. John, on the theory that Yost inserted Dyson to mess with Nathan’s head, 810 AM
GH: Listening to Jarrod Pay-Per-View Dyson’s interviews over the years, I cannot imagine there was much room left over inside his noggin once Nathan took up residence.

“I really didn’t have any problem with Hosmer’s at bat right there.”
Ned Yost, after Fescoe asked him about Hosmer looking bad striking out against Scherzer, 610 AM
GH: There is clearly a difference in how Ned has chosen to protect Hosmer and Moose but then distance himself from Billy Butler. As Greg Schaum tweeted today, who could imagine that the Royals would play their most meaningful September series in years against Detroit and neither Billy Butler nor Denny Matthews would be a part of it?

“It’s pretty hard to pinch hit from inside the doghouse.”
Nate Bukaty, on why Billy Butler was not used as a pinch hitter Tuesday night, 810 AM GH: I have no idea if Butler would be doing any better with the lumber than the rest of this feeble Royals lineup – but how can you sit him now? In September? Against Detroit? Billy needs to go Reggie Jackson on Yost and risk getting his ass kicked for the good of the team.

“The only way one of these guys is going to take a ball out of the park is to put one in their pocket and take it back to the hotel with them.”
Mike Boddicker, on the lack of home-run hitting power on the Royals roster, 810 AM

“It’s a 19-game season now and we need to sprint to the finish and beat them by a step.” Ned Yost, 610 AM
GH: Preferably with Dyson doing his sprinting in warmups.

“I think (Danny Duffy) is only going to miss one start. It might be two. … We’re going to make sure he’s raring to go. We’re not going to take any chances with him.”
Ned Yost, 610 AM
GH: If Yost is able to win the ALC with Duffy’s rotator cuff  injury, Omar Infante playing and hitting like Venus de Milo, Greg Holland on permanent day-to-day status and Billy Butler on the bench – then I will never criticize him again…or at least until the postseason starts.

“I haven’t done any of my homework. I’m a little preoccupied with something else.”
Ned Yost, when asked by Fescoe who he was taking in his NASCAR fantasy draft, 610 AM

“Do not get swept! Do not get swept!”
Al Wallace, on his advice for the Royals in their three-game series in Detroit, Fox 4

“Today, in my opinion, is the Royals first must win. I am aware that mathematically it is not. But mentally where this team is – this is a must win.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Both Gary Lezak and Yost mentioned that there is a strong possibility that tonight’s Royals/Tigers game will be rained out – or it’s game time will be severely hampered by thunderstorms.

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39 Responses to OTC: Dyson’s Lost Focus Sinks Royals Hopes For A Win In Detroit

  1. Gavin says:

    I’ve said several times this season, and been wrong each and every one of them, that this feels like the beginning of the end. Well, this also feels like the beginning of the end. Stupid mental mistakes and weak hitting seem to be finally catching up. I hope I’m as wrong this time as I have consistently been all season long and that they have another trick or two up their sleeve, but this sure feels like a bad omen for the rest of the season.

    • mike t. says:

      with you on this gavin. what makes it worse is kinda what “coffee” points to below, that Detroit was ready to kick-ass and gain some ground if not take the division lead back altogether, and the royals just took the beating rather than coming in and proving they belong at the top.

    • Lou Brown says:

      I know that the schedule favors the Royals, and they pounded the Tigers 3 of 4 during their hot streak, but in the end they don’t have the ability to score to match up with quality playoff caliber teams. Too many free swingers, not enough walks and little power – a bad combination for success. Pitchers have to be damn near perfect. I hope I’m wrong. This town would go nuts with a division winner.

  2. tiad says:

    THe U.S.S. Edgar is taking on water fast! Bail, boys, bail!

  3. Coffee Ready for Frank! says:

    SO many opportunities this season for the team to take advantage, followed by one failure after another…… Detroit was thirsting for the chance to K.O. “little brother,” and the Royals came in to take their beating with no fight. Hosmer and Moose have been anemic on offense and defense, BB and Perez are nonexistent, and Dyson, despite his speed, remains a hazard on the basepaths.

  4. tiad says:

    “…the Royals would play their most meaningful September series in years against Detroit and neither Billy Butler nor Denny Matthews would be a part of it?”

    Shame on Ned for #1, and shame on Denny for #2.

  5. mike t. says:

    “boys in blew.” good one, greg.

    sad to see that when it really counts, and counts for the first time in, oh, like a decade or two, the royals are not up to the task of standing toe-to-toe to a division rival with a precarious one-game lead in the division. can’t blame it all on yost… he’s not the one leaving runners in scoring position. twice we had opptys to score, tie the game, take the lead even, and the bats sputtered.

    tonight, shields has a chance to right to ship and show the rest of the team how it’s done (again)… but if we don’t get the offense going, and fast, we’ll drop like a rock and be forlorn again in october.

  6. Alphonse Tooty says:

    We need a rainout. Where’s Crash Davis?

  7. Fred Flintstone says:

    What PISSED me off the most last night was the fact that Dyson got picked off second with Kinsler STANDING on second base. Dyson wasn’t fooled by a sneaky Kinsler move to the bag, or Nathan’s and Kinsler’s timing being perfect. Kinsler was STANDING ON THE FUCKING BAG.

    We learned in little league that you take a lead no further than how far away the man covering the bag is from that base.

    That’s was STUPID do!

  8. Java Man says:

    It was a strange move to put Dyson in as pinch runner in the middle of an at bat. Not removing the blame from Dyson, but still…..

    • Tigerpiper says:

      Ned is awful. He just is. If a pinch runner was warranted, it was warranted at the beginning of the AB.
      I can’t stand him. Defending undefendable players while acting like the questioner is a moron.
      He needs to call out Hosmer and his f’in 6 homeruns. What a joke.

  9. The Independent Rage says:

    “While the Royals and Tigers might be ‘knotted up’ in the ALC, the Royals appear to be the club that is also knotted up when it comes to nerves, clutch play and getting the job done in September.”

    I’ve had a more historic reaction to watching these never-achievers so far in this, the biggest series of their season: These look like the same losers we’ve seen for 30 years since the team’s last playoff appearance. They should put a pic of Dyson’s pickoff in the dictionary to illustrate the noun form of the word “loser.” I can’t see any more than a wildcard game one-and-done loss for this team.

    But maybe it speaks to the bubbling optimist in me that I even hold out the possibility that they’ll make the wildcard game. As a Kansas City/MU sports fan, I really should be a lot more cynical.

  10. RickM says:

    The noontime panel @ the MLB network all said that Nathan balked in that pitch to second. And wondered why the Royals didn’t challenge it. Obviously, so do I.

    • Java Man says:

      I thought it looked like a balk too. That being said, I never quite understood the rule. I doubt that it is reviewable.

      • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

        Didn’t look like a balk to me. Ptcher came to a complete stop, raised his front knee straight upward and then wheeled towards second base. Never made a move to home plate.

        • Joe Blow says:

          I thought it was a balk in live action. Nathan did make kind of weird move with his head, combined with a very subtle rock of his shoulders, which indicates a pitch is on the way. Then he did the inside move.

    • Say What? says:

      I don’t believe a balk is reviewable.

  11. Big G says:

    Hosmer a fucking pussy! Moose a fat ass lazy under performing piece of shit! How can you leave Butler out of the lineup in the biggest series in 30 MF years yet the two aforementioned get a free pass. If anyone thinks this team is going to the playoffs then you are in la la land. No way. Heartbreak is just starting!!!

    • Tigerpiper says:

      +1, how these two could be the future of the franchise confounds me.

      • david says:

        They’re 26 and 25. The organization is deathly afraid of cutting them loose and they turn into Melky/Bautista/Josh Donaldson for some other team.

  12. Jackson says:

    Couldn’t agree more Big G. Put all the money you got on the Royals losing tonight! Guaranteed.

  13. GMoney says:

    Those Son of a Bitches did it to me again. I got sucked in just to get my nuts chopped off again. Last year the Chiefs and now the Kinder Care Royals. Put that in your column Greg!

  14. Merle Tagladucci says:

    Listen to all of you pansy-ass MF’ers. SUCK IT UP. It’s a goddamn pennant race and your nerves are being be tested. If you can’t handle it, go cheer for your DOA Chiefs. If I’d told you we’d be 1/2 game out of 1st with 19 games to go you would have said “yes please.” And that’s counting the suspended game with Cleveland as a loss.

    So man up or shut up. It’s an extremely flawed team with an extremely flawed manager and yet they’re STILL freaking in it. Enjoy the ride, it’s the best one we’ve had in 29 years.

    • Alphonse Tooty says:

      Hell, yeah!! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!

      Actually, I agree with you Merle. Win tonight and things will look much different (but I still think I’d like to see a rain out).

  15. Fred Flintstone says:

    Very nice Merle.
    Just got off the phone with the Royals after ordering an extra set of playoff strips for my kids.
    Words to live by….. Enjoy the ride.

  16. mike t. says:

    merle’s got the right idea…. enjoy the ride, hope for the best. I’ve come back to them, meaning I’m emotionally invested and risking getting my heart broken again, but damn if they aren’t making it interesting!

  17. keitzman wants an intern says:

    Royals are losing first place faster than George Brett Shi+s his pants!

  18. Java Man says:

    Greg, Please tell me you heard KK @ 5:30 today talking about Ray Rice. Absolutely wonderful.

    He let us know that even though domestic violence is bad, we shouldn’t lose focus that women have it better here in the U.S.A. than anywhere else in the world. (I’d love him to speak to the people in Ferguson Mo).

    And yes again domestic violence is bad, but child predators really get him upset. No, it really doesn’t have a damn thing to do with the Ray Rice situation, but who can argue with him?

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