Sunday, May 22, 2005

Schaefer, The Early Returns

Bob Schaefer now has 11 games as the Royals skipper this season, and things have changed since he took over for Tony Pena. Are the Royals a good team now? No, but it is safe to say that they are a better team than they were to start the season. In their 11 games under Schaefer, Kansas City is 5-6, still not great, but not embarassing either.
There are, of course, other factors involved in Kansas City's improvement. Major league players, even young ones, can only hit .200 for so long. The 4 game series against Tampa Bay could not have come at a better time.
Schaefer has to get some of the credit though. He hasn't exactly been without issues to deal with himself. The team's only productive bat when he took over was on the shelf for a bit, and the pitching staff has sustained injuries. At this point, if Kansas City can't find a manager who brings something extra to the table, I hope Schaefer keeps the job. Judging by their performances under Shaefer I bet these guys would like him to stay on.....
  • After a horrible start, Buck has a .440 OBP and 9 RBI's in the 7 games he has started since Schaefer took over.
  • After a horrible start (sensing a trend), Angel Berroa has a .378 OBP, 2 home runs, and 10 runs in his 11 games under Schaefer.
  • After a horrible start (looks like a trend), Ruben Gotay has a .414 OBP in his 8 games with Schaefer as the manager.
  • After a horrible start (yep, its a trend), Emil Brown has a .435 OBP, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 runs, and 12 RBI's in the 11 games since Schaefer took over.

Those are 4 guys who were about to be run out of town a couple of weeks ago. It could be Schaefer, it could just be things evening out, but it has been a lot more enjoyable to watch.


Blogger dolphinfan said...

The Royals are definately playing better ball as of late. Even the games they lose, they are still competitive (i.e. the games with St. Louis Friday and Saturday). Schaefer is doing a great job and should be considered for the full-time manager position.

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