Royals Rumblings - News for July 7, 2014
"When you get voted on by the players, it really means a lot," Gordon said. "It shows that there’s guys out there that respect your game, and it’s a great honor."
ESPN's Dave Schoenfield has your run-down of All-Star snubs, who you should vote for in the final vote, and suggests Salvy should hit eighth in the American League lineup.
In case you missed it, Billy was demoted to sixth in the lineup. Eric Hosmer is still hitting second. Read what you will into this quote:
"I guess I’m a mentally tough guy. [Ned] could do it to somebody else, but I think he knows how I’ll take it" - Butler on his drop to 6— Brandon H. (@BHIndepMO) July 6, 2014
Lee Judge wants you to keep your head on a swivel:
If you see someone on a baseball field point at his eyes, then swirl his finger in the air, he’s telling someone to look around.
Base runners need to know where the defenders are positioned so they can get better jumps on balls in play; they don’t have to wait to see the ball get down — they already know the right-center gap is undefended.
The same thing goes for pitchers; they need to know where the defenders are positioned. Danny Duffy took a swipe at a bouncing ball up the middle and fortunately missed. It was fortunate because Christian Colon was positioned perfectly. Had Duffy deflected the ball, it might have been an infield single instead of a routine grounder.
Omaha is adding two infielders as Pedro Ciriaco cleared waivers and will join the team, and the Stormchasers signed veteran Paul Janish to a minor league deal.
Northwest Arkansas is also adding a player - Nori Aoki begins his rehab there tonight. The Royals aren't exactly asking him to rush back.
Jeff Sullivan at Fox Sports Kansas City says James Shields needs to get back on track.
So what's the matter? Is it an injury? If it is, that doesn't show up in Shields' velocity. It doesn't show up in his movement, and Shields denies that he's in any kind of pain.
Is it just statistical noise? This possibility can’t be dismissed, because there's a lot more random noise than people would like to think, but given that Shields' strikeouts have dropped somewhat considerably, and given that he appears to be laboring, this doesn't seem like nothing. The likely culprit is inconsistent mechanics, but that's not very helpful, because basically all pitching problems come out of inconsistent mechanics.
Some have claimed that Shields is over-throwing. Some feel like he's over-striding. It's been asserted his head is off balance. Shields is trying to get smoother in the bullpen....
Shields, in turn, has reduced his changeup usage, throwing more cutters, but that's just compensatory, and it isn't good news when a pitcher has to throw less of his most highly-complimented pitch. Shields with a worse changeup is a worse pitcher. The answer is somewhere in his mechanics. He still throws good changeups; he just throws them less consistently. Too many of them have been flat, as Shields has searched for a consistent release point. If Shields' changeup had been just OK, maybe this would be easier to dismiss as nothing. But it's significant to fall from the top of a table to the bottom. This is James Shields without his best weapon.
Former Jays pitcher and author Dirk Hayhurst writes that if MLB wants to get rid of marijuana, it needs to get serious.
Frankfurt Airport is now an Imperial Base to crush the Rebel Alliance.
Verruckt, the world's tallest water slide, opened at Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Kansas and.....no. No thank you.
Your song of the day is "All-Star" by Smash Mouth. Haha, just kidding, that song is worse than terrible. Your song of the day is "Instant Karma" by John Lennon.