Royals Rumblings - News for March 10, 2015
Jason Vargas was too efficient with his pitches yesterday in yet another Royals victory.
The plan was to work two innings or 35 pitches, so Vargas went back to the bullpen during the Royals’ 5-4 win and threw 10 more pitches to a couple of simulated batters.
"It’s definitely a different feeling than getting in all your pitches on the mound," Vargas said after the Royals ran their Cactus League record to 6-0. "But anytime you can get out there with less pitches than you should, it’s always a good thing.
Christian Colon might have to replace the injured Omar Infante, but Colon has not impressed with his defense thus far.
In Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, he made two errors — one on a grounder, one on a hurried throw after kicking a grounder hit by slow-footed Albert Pujols. Colon also botched a tailor-made double-play ball and had to settle for a force out. All in a span of five innings.
"It was one of those days," Colon said on Monday. "I had a bad day. That was yesterday. Today is today. It was kind of tough to see … there was a glare …
Omar Infante will DH on Wednesday. He's been battlling a bum elbow.
Reliever Ryan Madson pitched yesterday, the first time in nearly two years he has thrown in a live game.
Madson lacked accuracy with his four-seam fastball, but scouts still clocked the pitch at 91-92 mph, a tick below the 94-mph heater he unleashed with regularity for the Phillies through 2011. His changeup fooled his adversaries, even if they were of the lower-level variety. Manager Ned Yost referred to the offspeed pitch as "a real weapon."
Craig Brown at Royals Authority is on board with the Chris Young signing.
Let’s be real for a moment. If there is any team in baseball that could be defined as "the perfect fit" for Young, it’s the Royals. The high-acreage outfield, the tremendous outfield defense, the infielders who can snag pop-ups of all shapes and sizes. Kudos to the Royals for looking at the market and, while there may not be an immediate need, they recognized the fit. He’s in the fold and should one of the top five starters fall early in the year, Young is clearly the next in line. That’s just good roster management. And that’s something you haven’t often read from me about this team.
Matthew DeFranks of Fox Sports Kansas City examines if the Royals hot Cactus League start means anything.
Since 2005, nine teams (in either the Cactus or Grapefruit League) have started the spring 5-0 or better, with the 2013 Royals the last team to accomplish the feat by winning their first six contests. In that season, Kansas City had its first winning season in 10 years. Those nine teams averaged an 84-78 regular-season record. Four of them made the postseason, and three won their division.
He also writes that the Royals should be strong at catcher if Salvador Perez is healthy. Big, if true.
David Schoenfield of ESPN ranks Greg Holland as the best closer in baseball.
Ned Yost discusses "mass bee genocide."
The Royals are projected to have the 11th oldest starting lineup in baseball.
Royals first baseman Matt Fields did an "Ask Me Anything" segment on Reddit. (h/t pro_birdwatcher)
I love it hear in the Kansas city organization but and if I had Play anywhere I would play for the Mariners. It has always been a dream of mine.
We have a traitor among us.
Dan Szymborski thinks ZIPS overrates Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer.
Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee's career is in jeopardy.
The Sporting News takes a team-by-team look at the worst uniforms in the history of each American League club.
Jonah Pernstein at Fangraphs looks at the predictive powers of SERA.
Reds Reporter points out there is nothing new about advanced stats meeting resistance from old school writers, its a tradition over a centutry old.
The designated hitter coming to the National League is a "topic of discussion" according to MLBPA Union Chief Tovny Clark.
Spencer Hall at SB Nation gives tips on how to survive a Disney vacation.
"No one in Florida knows how to act" is a general rule for a lot of reasons. The reason the left lane in Florida is now the right lane is simple: old people who believe the left lane is not based on speed, but on accumulated merit from repeated tax-paying in some other state. Throw in a few other convenient idiot people who believe BIG DOGS ROLL IN THE LEFT LANE, and you've got your classic thing ruined by the Sunshine State's toxic cocktail of belligerent, underbrained youth and entitled cranky imported senility.
Nate Silver forecasts the upcoming U.K. elections.
Missouri may look to end daylight savings time. The Atlantic explains why Daylight Savings is unnecessary and even dangerous.
Former 90s teen hearthrob Andrew Keegan is now leading a cult.
Your song of the day is The Dead Milkmen with "Punk Rock Girl."