Royals Rumblings - News for May 9, 2016
The Royals had left-hander Danny Duffy warming in the bullpen. The Indians had an option on the bench in Rajai Davis, a speedy outfielder with a career .269 average. Yost opted to let Volquez face Chisenhall; he surrendered an RBI base hit to right, breaking the 3-3 deadlock.
"We had Duffy ready," Yost said. "But it wasn’t going to be Chisenhall, it was going to be Davis. I just fell like Eddie had an out left in him, to get us through that inning, and Duffy could go out in the sixth and hold the fort right there. It just didn’t happen."
Clark Fosler at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City tries to put things in perspective.
The truth is, however, that while no one is thinking the Royals are playing good baseball, they are still one game over .500, things could be and, in the not too distant past, have been worse. After a similar start to the 2015 season, it is perfectly plausible that the 2016 Royals simply substituted a late April/early May swoon for the 2015 squad’s dismal September.
If I told you in March that on the 7th of May, both Ventura and Medlen would be walking a batter per inning, Chris Young was giving up home runs and seldom seeing the fifth inning and Gordon, Morales and Cain were off to slow, okay just plain bad, starts and yet Kansas City would be 15-14 despite all that, you would have take in, right? Don’t be cool, you would have taken it.
Bryon Parman at Kings of Kauffman writes that the Royals pen isn't as dominant as it once was.
Luke Hochevar and Joakim Soria have both had a bit of mixed results. Hochevar has been called on as the fireman in several high leveraged situations thus far and has, for the most part, gotten the job done. But he has also had a few innings where he has given up 3 or more runs which explains Hochevar’s ERA being the highest on the team. Soria struggled early giving up too many walks and then being hurt by softly hit balls that just found holes. If Soria can keep the free passes to a minimum, his ERA should come down and help gain the trust of KC Royals fans and management.
Lee Judge writes about why "shutdown innings" are so important.
Kyle Zimmer made his season debut over the weekend.
Kyle Zimmer threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his first start at Wilmington. He had five strikeouts and two walks. He threw 51 pitches.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 7, 2016
Zimmer 2nd inn. 92-95 T96; CB 77-79; pot. plus. CH 85-87; replicates arm speed/action. SL 86; short, tight w/ tilt. #royals— CJ Wittmann (@CJWittJr) May 7, 2016
Scott Dillon at KC Kingdom thinks its time to bring back Jeremy Guthrie.
George Brett was the grand marshal of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway over the weekend.
Troy Tulowitzki is strugg-a-ling.
Top pitching prospect Julio Urias gets the call by the Dodgers.
Bartolo Colon's home run will be memorialized by an exclusive baseball card.
Commissioner Rob Manfred would prefer to expand to Montreal and Mexico City, but it won't be for awhile.
Ranking Big 12 expansion candidates.
Canelo Alvarez knocked out Amir Khan over the weekend, does that set up a match against Gennady Golovkin?
Why won't North Koreans accept their own currency?
Does grit really help you succeed, or is it the latest self-help nonsense?
Here are some TV plot twists that many fans saw coming.
Your song of the day is Bloc Party with "Helicopter."