Weekend Rumblings - News for August 29, 2015
Andy McCullough's weekly mailbag yields an interesting insight: Terrance Gore may not be on the playoff roster after all.
@royal_ball: Where is Terrance Gore at right now? Any anticipation for him to make a September appearance like last year or no? Thanks.
Andy: This hasn’t been the easiest year for Gore. He broke his jaw in March when a pitch hit him in the face. He sprained his ankle in July and missed nearly a month. He even has been caught stealing twice.
Gore has spent the entire season at Class AA Northwest Arkansas, and he has held his own as a hitter, with a .290 batting average and a .374 on-base percentage heading into Thursday. Given his speed, a .374 OBP is a legitimate weapon.
Gore will likely join the Royals in September. But he may not make the postseason roster. Kansas City already employs five outfielders, plus Ben Zobrist. Manager Ned Yost rarely pinch-runs these days, and even though Gore is faster, the team trusts Jarrod Dyson more for that role. So Gore may not get any October love.
Yordano Ventura has looked great recently, and Craig Brown asks why and how that's the case.
Speaking of learning experiences, the narrative here is much of Ventura’s turnaround this month is thanks to the tutelage of one Johnny Cueto. I’m sure there’s something there. At the same time, I’m sure that his impact will be oversold. Since Cueto put on the Royal blue (which coincides with Ventura’s one day demotion to the minors) Ventura has made seven starts and posted a 3.07 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 44 innings.Is it Cueto? Is it being scared straight? Hell if I know. I’m not sure I really care, either. What I do know is that Ventura has recovered from a rocky first half of the season and is putting up his most dominant stretch as a starter since he reached the big leagues.
Last year, Royals fan Tim Grimes was given a pessimistic outlook on his cancer. He's defied the odds, though, and continues supporting the team.
Some buddies got on TV during a Royals game by holding up a sign that said, "Tim drives the bus against cancer." Word spread. Friends and strangers raised money to help with the medical costs.
The Royals reached out to their longtime fan, invited him to a game, and if you meet Grimes you are going to be his friend. So the next thing you know, Eric Hosmer is handing Grimes a bottle of champagne at a party after the Royals clinched the Division Series and telling him, "You’re as much a part of this as we are."
So many incredible moments. But, yeah. To pick just one? Sitting next to Brett as the Royals got back to the World Series for the first time in 29 years is hard to beat. The hug was so joyously and unapologetically awkward. Still makes Grimes laugh.
Fox Sports Kansas city ran an article arguing that Edinson Volquez needs to be more consistent.
Volquez hasn't been as consistent, alternating quality and poor starts his last four times out.
Volquez (11-7, 3.40 ERA) allowed one run in seven innings against the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 7, dropping his ERA to 3.11, the lowest it had been since June. But he's gone back and forth in his last three, allowing five earned runs in seven innings against Detroit on Aug. 12, one run in six innings against Cincinnati on Aug. 18, and six over 6 2/3 against Boston on Sunday.
He hasn't received a decision in the last two, but Kansas City rallied to win both games.
Other items of interest
Turns out that Tesla's new sedan, the Model S P90D, is amazing.
When memes, Youtube stars, and unicorns collide, it makes for an awfully weird anti-smoking PSA.
Here's a fantastic infographic that shows how presidential candidates are getting their money.
There might be subscription services for Youtube soon.
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