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So who do we blame for this?

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I'm always surprised by what I learn looking at the most mundane stats. Take Fox Sports' sortable team counting statistics here at midseason. It's not the hitters' fault, though we could really use a little more home run power. That will develop, we hope. In MLB, the Royals are 12th in runs, 4th in hits, 6th in 2Bs, 2nd in 3Bs, 21st in HR, 10th in BB, 27th in SO, 3rd in SB, 7th in CS, 7th in SH, 4th in BA, 7th in OBP, and 14th in SLG. That's the statistical portrait of a fast young contact-hitting team that plays too much small ball. The difference in ranking between OBP (quite good) and runs scored (slightly above the median) is probably due to Ned's running and bunting us out of bigger innings. It's not the fielders' fault. The Royals are 3rd in chances, so it's not surprising they're 19th worst in errors committed. They're 1st in assists, 2nd in DPs, and 5th in GIDPs. That's a team that gets to a lot of balls in play and knows what to do with the ball when it comes to them. However. The Royals are 29th worst in ERA, 19th worst in runs allowed, 30th worst in OBP against, 26th worst in HR allowed, 28th worst in BB allowed, and 28th worst in SO. It just might be the pitchers' fault. Blame should be duly apportioned among them and those who brought them here.

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