April 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; A general view of at Comerica Park as the tarp is on the field during a rain delay in the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Trivia: How many Royals pitchers have hit a HR since inter league play was introduced in 1997?
One Month Done
With one month of the season completed, here is how the pitching and hitting compared to March/April 2011:
The team results are almost identical except the SB% is way down. The pitchers are striking out a few more batters, but are also walking more. The more things change, the more things stay the same.
The inability of the starters to go at least 6 innings is killing the bullpen. Even going 5 innings would be plus right now. A bullpen should be able to handle throwing 4 innings a night if that was all they were asked to throw. The problem is that in 8 of the 21 starts, a Royal starter has failed to even make it 5 innings. Here is the number of innings for each start with Adcock's relief appearance added in for reference/comic relief.
Looking at those numbers, it will not surprise me to see half the bullpen on the DL in a month or two. Also, the Royals should seriously consider carrying 2 long relievers if 5 IP is now considered a good start.
Deploying the Shift
The following numbers are from ESPN (used on Sunday night baseball) and show the number of times a team has deployed a shift in 2012:
Team Shifts - 2012
- Tampa Bay Rays - 125
- New York Yankees - 50
- Milwaukee Brewers - 44
- Kansas City Royals - 43
- Toronto Blue Jays - 41
I noticed on Duffy's last home start, his average fastball velocity was down to 94.8 MPH. This was a decent drop from when he averaged 96.6 MPH in his previous home start. The radar gun at the K was running about 2 MPH too fast. After looking at a few numbers, it seems to be closer to the rest of the league or still just a bit fast. I will get a better reading on it over the next home stand.