If you would have told me at the beginning of the season that Kansas City Royals first basemen, Eric Hosmer, was more of a sure out than Chris Getz was at the plate, I would have not only called you crazy but down right out of your mind. But, like a lot of things in life times do come that people are wrong.
Now I was on the side of people that thought Hosmer would go through a little bit of a sophomore slump but nothing to this magnitude. It just does not make sense to me anymore why he is slumping so bad for so long. I mean even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in awhile but he is not even close. For the first few weeks of the season, everyone was saying that he was hitting into hard outs and that it would come around but lately all he has done is roll over pitches and ground out to the right side of the infield. The problem that I had with this analysis was the fact that he was still getting out. Now when a guy hits the ball hard in his first at bat of a game you might say that he is on this guy and has a chance to do something later on in the game but Hosmer is not doing that. His power throughout a game diminishes as the night goes on. And the bigger problem with the “Atom” ball argument is the fact that he is not doing that anymore. He is getting to far in front of his swing with his hands, making his timing way off therefore, grounding out in most of his at bats.
Now, that being said, I do believe that Hosmer will come around this season I just think that that will have to be accomplished in a way that fans nor Hosmer want it to. Either he has to become the first option off of the bench to pinch hit or he needs to be sent down to AAA. There are two problems with sitting him for a couple of games. One, he will not be getting enough at bats to maybe swing himself out of a slump and two, when he does get those at bats he is going to press even more than he may already be pressing. Now the other side of things would be to send him down. This could work one of two ways in Omaha. It could either send his confidence straight to the basement or it could get his confidence back in his swing and back into major league like form. The likelihood of the Royals actually sending Hosmer down are pretty slim. Nothing says it is not “Our Time” like sending one of the cornerstones of your future team down to the minors to figure things out. Or they could take their medicine and send him down and say to not only Hosmer but to current and future Royals that the ceiling a player has is not the most important thing in the game. Baseball, like I say all of the time, is all about results and results are not coming out of Hosmer at all right now.
This all being said, I am not too down on the guy because I look at the player that he may be one day and want it for him just as much as any other fan. No one wants to watch a guy fail time after time at the plate. But if this continues over the next week or two the Royals are going to have a big decision on their hands when it comes to putting Hosmer in the lineup night in and night out.