Royals manager Ned Yost absolutely believes that there is a lingering hangover to tough losses like the one sustained by the Royals Saturday, when Greg Holland walked the bases loaded and allowed a three-run double by Kevin Frandsen to blow a save in a 4-3 loss to the Phillies.
But he's also confident the Royals are in better position to handle it this year.
"Look, a loss like that does hang around," Yost said. "That was a tough one. But the advantage we have in coming back from a tough loss is James Shields."
Having Shields penciled in as the Sunday starter should provide a bit of a lift following Saturday's loss.
Last year, the Royals had some tough losses that certainly seemed to carry over -- an April 11 loss to Oakland in which Jonathan Broxton blew a save right before the Royals arrived back in Kansas City was followed by a 12-game losing streak. The Royals were 10-16 in games following a one-run loss last season. But the upgrades to the rotation, Yost said, should curb this sort of thing.
"With our pitching, we're looking to prevent those kinds of losing streaks," Yost said.
Kevin Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.