Kendall Signing Fails to Inspire Royals to Victory in 6-1 Loss

SURPRISE AZ - FEBRUARY 23: Jason Kendall #18 of the Kansas City Royals poses for a portrait during Spring Training Media Day on February 23 2011 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise Arizona.. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Well if you had given me 100-1 odds that Will Smith would outduel Felix Hernandez, I wouldn't have taken it. But perhaps the most surprising thing about today's game was that Smith pitched reasonably well, pitching into the seventh, giving up only four runs on the day, with five strikeouts and just two walks. He will most likely be our 2013 Opening Day starter now.

But the Royals offense was predictably anemic against King Felix, even with the new lineup shuffle. Hosmer did have a double and a single today in his new spot in the lineup - sixth. Sal Perez kept things going with two more hits. And Jeff Francoeur did not make a single out today - because he was "riding the pine for nine."

The Mariners came into this series with the worst offense in the league, averaging just 3.82 runs per game. They scored 31 runs in four games against the Royals, and moved ahead of the Oakland Athletics in runs scored. But you know, pitching is the currency of baseball, and it takes eight years to develop a decent pitching staff that can shut down the vaunted Seattle Mariners.

The Royals have dropped thirteen of seventeen, and are 36-38 since their twelve game losing streak which somehow is not supposed to count. This of course, makes us buyers at the deadline. Trust the process.

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