Royals Rumblings - News for May 13, 2016
Danny Duffy is ready for his Sunday start.
"We just like Danny," Yost said as to why he chose Duffy over another left-handed reliever, Brian Flynn. Flynn likely will "piggy-back" on Duffy's start because Duffy will be on a 40-50 pitch limit.
"I'll just give them the best 40-50 pitches I can," Duffy said. "I'll try to be efficient, trying to make it feel like I'm pitching out of the bullpen. It's worked for me so far this year."...
"Given the volume of pitches, I'll probably have to mix it up," Duffy said. "My slider has been pretty consistent lately and changeup has always been good. I'll just try to give them as many innings as I can. Not going to change the game plan."
David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City has some ideas to shake up the team.
I also mentioned some trade candidates on Tuesday, and I think the Royals might have to bite the bullet now in order to save their season. They have an old friend pitching in San Diego, James Shields. He’s not the pitcher he was even two seasons ago, but he still throws an awful lot of innings, and that’s what the Royals need right now. If you could add Shields to Ian Kennedy and (usually) Edinson Volquez, the Royals would have three guys you can count on for 6+ innings almost every start. I’m not sure what it would take, but the Padres don’t seem to have a third baseman anywhere and the Royals have three guys in AAA or higher. Start with one of the prospect third basemen and go from there.
Dieter Kurtenbach of Fox Sports thinks it is time for the Royals to make a move.
You can't win a division early in the season, but you can lose one. The Royals are teetering dangerously close to becoming an example in the latter category. A big trade could reverse this team's course. The only problem — where will the Royals find a game-changing talent?
Lee Judge asks fans to trust the process.
I have no idea how this season will turn out; apparently two-fifths of the starting rotation is dealing with arm issues, Mike Moustakas has a fractured thumb and Omar Infante seems to need more days off than a Missouri legislator. The Royals rough stretch has pretty much coincided with playing 13 of 16 games on the road, so maybe they’ll come home and play better — or worse. Who the heck knows? But whatever happens next — if this is a down year after two of the most exciting years in team history — haven’t the Royals earned our trust?
Rick Weiner at Bleacher Report thinks the Royals should trade for Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun.
Jim Sannes at Number Fire thinks something is very wrong with Yordano Ventura.
In 2015, batters chased 29.3% of the pitches Ventura tossed that were outside the strike zone, just a bit below the league-wide mark for starters of 30.5%. This year, though, it's all the way down to 21.8%, the third-lowest mark in the league among the starters with at least 30 innings. Guys simply aren't swinging as often, and that has led to fewer strikeouts and more walks. As we saw above, even when they do swing, they're making more contact. Basically, everything about Ventura is a giant red flag. To say that it's time to start worrying would be a gross understatement.
Kyle Zimmer update.
Zimmer today 3 IP 1 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K 47 pitches, 30 strikes— Clint Scoles BP (@ClintScoles) May 12, 2016
Reliever Andrew Edwards gets promoted from AA to AAA Omaha. The 24-year old had a 0.50 ERA in 18 relief innings for Northwest Arkansas.
Jason La Canfora continues to be salty about the Royals.
You can get a Salvador Perez ornament from Hallmark.
Jake Arrieta wants to get PAID.
MLB is already starting to back off the new slide rule.
The American people support "The Wave" at baseball games.
How former Royals pitcher Brian Bannister is helping the Red Sox with their pitching.
Congress debates daily fantasy sports
Is the widow of former NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt tarnishing his legacy with her patent lawsuits?
The American Royal is moving again, this time to Kansas Speedway.
Apple Music is making it hard for people to collect music.
What TV shows got renewed and which got the axe?
Your song of the day is Phantom Planet with "Big Brat."