It's difficult to not get too upset after a disappointing loss, especially when your favorite team's normally reliable closer walks the bases loaded, then almost escapes with the save before allowing a bases clearing double. The Kansas City Royals can help everyone recover with a win on Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Cole Hamels will take the mound for Philadelphia. Hamels was roughed up in his first start of the season, surrendering three home runs against the Atlanta Braves. The southpaw had issues locating his fastball and cut fastball for most of the game, as he spent far too much time pitching over the heart of plate or too far out of the strikezone:
There are a number of cut fastballs buried in the dirt, while a lot of four-seam fastballs missed up and to the right of the strike zone. There are also too many pitches located in the (0, 2.25) section of the graph, a spot in the strike zone that most major league hitters will punish.
Hamels has been one the better pitchers in baseball since 2008, as has pitched about 20 percent better than league average while tossing 200 innings since his third year in the major leagues. His changeup is considered his best pitch, giving him a weapon against right-handed hitters.
James Shields will pitch for Kansas City. The right-hander pitched well in his debut, only allowing one run across six innings against the Chicago White Sox.
Game Time: 12:35 p.m. CT
Location: Citizens Bank Park; Philadelphia, PA