April 15, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza (39) delivers the pitch that leads countless RRers to contemplating suicide. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE
If ever there were any question, today's game cast aside any doubt. Royals fandom is a disease. An incurable disease that on days like today it might be preferable to be cure of entirely. Such an elixir would certainly make our lives as a fanbase easier.
In the midst of a four-game skid likely to be extended by at least one game with Justin Verlander taking the mound to face the Royals tomorrow and a three-game series commencing in Detroit quite possibly extending that streak to seven, it is looking increasingly probable that Royals fans do not have to wait until May to start looking towards next season. Having been throttled by an Indians squad that had managed one win in five games against the White Sox and Blue Jays, the Royals' heartlight would appear to have been put out completely, thanks in large part to the Clevelanders dropping 32 runs on the Kansas City nine over the course of three games.
Those sad, delusional fans--and this is not meant to be a slight to those fans as anyone who continues to follow this team on a daily basis lives a life cursed with sadness and at least a sprinkling of delusion--who had talked themselves into Luis Mendoza being a viable Major League starting pitcher were met with a cold dose of reality. While Mendoza may not have been truly represented by his outing today, his complete inability to strike out opposing hitters looks likely to render his future in the rotation a brief one.
To put this young season into perspective, the bullpen is so taxed after a three-game series with a preceding travel day that Mitch Maier has already made his first pitching appearance. It is April 15th. Not only did MITCH pitch, but he made an appearance on a day in which the Royals had just added Louis Coleman to the 25-man roster because the bullpen was so taxed just nine games into the season that such a move was needed.
What is the point?