It has only been 5 games into the 2014 season. But the Royals bullpen isn't looking as sharp so far as we all perceived this spring. Granted the loss of Luke Hochevar to a season ending Tommy John surgery, put the middle reliever depth back before we even started.
Giving Wade Davis a major burden to carry throughout the 1st half of the year. He hasn't been effective so far by all means. Making him a "bend, not break" pitcher by eating up innings. Today, in the loss to Chicago. Tim Collins was the victim of giving the game up in the 8th inning. By letting 3 earned runs get past him late, making any chance of a late game rally, put to bed.
In just 12 innings of bullpen work. The "reliable" bullpen has gived up 9 runs in that short of a span. Not a great job in backing up your starting pitching. Who by the way up to this point has been flawless. Aaron Crow and Kelvin Herrara haven't enough of a sample size to determine their fate just yet. Though, Opening Day on Friday. Herrara was shaky early. As we saw last year, his command tends to get away from him, thus allowing to make his ball rise. To eventually give up countless home runs.
Right now, it is still too early to speculate if the bullpen is in trouble by any aspect. Through 2 series, the starting pitching (which was depicted as the weak point this off season). Has been everything you wanted it to be. Hopefully it's just letting the players become more acquired to their roles a little more.
After all, we know what this bullpen is capable of.