Royals Rumblings - News for May 29, 2014
As assembled by Royals Review staff:
Rany Jazayerli was on 810 WHB yesterday to discuss the Royals. He calls for the demotion of Eric Hosmer to shake things up, which frankly, sounds like something one of the callers would suggest.
Greg Hall has some snippets from Dayton's interview on MLB Network:
"We believe in the talent. We believe in this group of players."
"This group of players – we are who we are. We’re going to have to win with this group and we’re going to continue to believe in them."
Sounds like we're stuck with these guys. Welp.
Billy Butler sees a power surge on the horizon. Do you see it too?
"It seems like everything I hit right now is finding someone," he said. "But when things are going well, even your soft ones find holes. It's supposed to even out. "It's only a matter of time. It'll happen. We're all tough-minded. This is what tests your character, and we're being tested." On a personal level, Butler thinks he will break out in a big way with a power burst.
"I could see getting 10 or so in a month," he said. "At least five or six."
Will Carroll of Bleacher Report gives his analysis of the Yordano Ventura injury and questions why the Royals don't do a biomechanical analysis.
The problem is less about velocity and more about stress. Can a pitcher create huge forces without transferring too much load? We know that some pitchers create over 60 Newton-meters of force on a ligament that breaks at about 32 Newton-meters.
An analogy to this would be a race between two cars. Imagine taking your car and running it alongside a Ferrari around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sure, your car is probably nice, but I'm guessing it's not a Ferrari. Both can probably do 100 mph around the track, but one of them will be taking a Sunday drive while the other is likely going to be bouncing off the red line and screeching around the turns. Pitchers are the same way; some deal with the stress better, though we don't know why.
The problem is that teams also don't know. Yordano Ventura has never had a biomechanical analysis done, so the Royals have no idea how much stress he's creating with every pitch. To continue with the car analogy, the Royals are buying a Ferrari without getting the Carfax. That analysis would cost $199 at the University of Missouri's lab, far less than the loss of even one start of a minimum-salary player like Ventura.
I guess it doesn't seem like the national media loves the Royals more than the local media anymore, eh?
Cardinals fans make me vomit. Here is an exclusive SB Nation interview with St. Louis Cardinals Sign Guy.
Goldman Sachs predicts the World Cup championship will be Brazil over Argentina. They have a pretty good track record with predicting things.
Early 2015 Oscar Predictions for Best Actor. Adam Sandler, snubbed again.
The Beastie Boys' "Ill Communication" turns 20. Jesus I feel old. Here's some learnin' for your youngsters: