Royals Insider on what to watch for during team's final month of 2022 season

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The Royals' 2022 campaign is winding down, with a little under a month's left of games to be played. The win-loss record speaks for itself, but the optimists in Kansas City can probably point to this season as a positive step in the long-term plan of this team. One of the major questions heading into this offseason will be the job status of manager Mike Matheny, who will end his fourth season with the Royals with a overall win-loss record significantly under .500. So what, exactly, does Matheny's future with the club look like? 610's Royals Insider Josh Vernier called into Cody and Gold on Wednesday to give his take.

"Obviously you're always being evaluated, now the win-loss record doesn't reflect well on him or his coaching staff," he said. "But I think you need to dive a little bit deeper into that. The conversations we were having in Spring Training entering the season were yes we were excited for Bobby Witt Jr., but we had our questions about this pitching staff and these young arms. While Brady Singer has certainly taken a step forward, and Kris Bubic has given this team a chance more times than not, the pitching is the reason, in my opinion, this team sits 27 games below .500. The pitching and the disappointing veteran bats back in April. So how much of that do I lay at the feet of the manager and this coaching staff? ... Not really that much. As I look forward, is Mike Matheny the right guy to be on the bench? ... Thus far, it certainly seems to be a cohesive clubhouse since the trade deadline and we saw these rookies make their way to the big leagues.

"The culture, the direction – for as much as we talked about the tension in the clubhouse in the first half of the season, I haven't really sensed much of that remaining in the second half. So outside of the record, which you can scoff at ... to me, the record is more of a reflection of the front office than it is the coaching staff. So, yeah, if you want to move on from Mike Matheny, I don't know what we'd exactly point at and say, 'this is the reason why.'"

You can listen to Vernier's entire interview in the embedded player below: