SEATTLE -- Times have been tough for the Royals, but manager Ned Yost is doing his best to keep things as normal as possible and keep the atmosphere upbeat.
"You try to stay as steady as possible," Yost said. "You don't want to do crazy stuff that you wouldn't do if you were winning ballgames. You try to stay as even keeled as you can. Stay positive, keep working, we don't change anything -- we don't work more, we don't work less. When we're going good, we work a lot so try to maintain the same base when things are going bad as when things are going good."
No doubt about it, things have been bad. After losing 6-1 to the Mariners on Friday, the Royals were 6-19 since June 30.
"We stay positive, we stay encouraging, we stay the same," Yost said. "So you try not to portray any type of panic or disappointment, even though it's disappointing the way we've played. But you've got to continue to find ways to get out of it."
There is one primary solution for Yost.
"For us, the way to get out of it is to pitch better," he said. "Inconsistency is a big part of our problem right now. We have to become more consistent, we have to command the ball better down in the zone and we have to be aggressive."
While hoping for that to happen, Yost deals out encouragement to his young players while being alert to any signs of individual letdowns.
"My focus is that they continue to play hard and if you see signs that guys are getting discouraged and taking it into the game, then they've got to come out of the lineup," Yost said. "But we haven't seen that. They all show up ready to go. Our mindset can't be on the last three weeks. Our mindset has to be when we come to the park every day is starting a new [winning] streak. You can't think about the last three weeks, because the last three weeks have been horrible."
In just that three-week span, the record was 4-14. Even so, Yost hasn't sensed that any players are packing it in and calling it a day or a season.
"No, they wouldn't be on the field," he said. "That's the one thing. When things are going bad, you're really watching to be sure the guys are showing up with the same intensity every single day and they are. It's the same or more intensity. ... It's a group that I've been proud of their focus and intensity every single day."