In an already disappointing start to the season, Yordano Ventura compounded things with a very, very bad night in more ways than one. On the mound, Ventura was abysmal, giving up four first inning runs, and six overall in less than five innings of work, raising his ERA to 5.32 for the year.
The performance might get Ventura yanked from the rotation, but a looming suspension may take care of that for the Royals. Ventura, already known for being a hot-head for his incidents last year with Mike Trout, Adam Eaton, Brett Lawrie, and tweeting Jose Bautista, got into it once again with the opposition. This time it was Orioles All-Star infielder Manny Machado.
Ventura apparently did not like Machado yelling at him in the third inning.
Hmmmmm https://t.co/A2SAB794Tz— Steve McCleary (@SteveMcCleary) June 8, 2016
When Machado came up in the fifth, Yordano gave him a fastball in the back, prompting Machado to charge the mound.
Well then. Yordano Ventura hits Manny Machado...and Machado charges the mound swinging. #Royals pic.twitter.com/5Ik612fJWT— Chris Lilly (@wibwChrisLilly) June 8, 2016
Another angle on the #Machado #Ventura scuffle. pic.twitter.com/OxPRYpZ67J— Juiced League (@JuicedLeague) June 8, 2016
The reactions came out against both, but mostly against Ventura.
Not saying Machado is blameless. But he took a 99-mph fastball in the back. Nothing he did warranted that.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 8, 2016
If odor got eight games then Ventura needs to get at least twice that for throwing at him then throwing hands.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) June 8, 2016
#Royals Ventura is a lost cause.— Randy Covitz (@randycovitz) June 8, 2016
I don't really have a hot take on Machado/Ventura other than to say that both guys are idiots, but Ventura should get like 15 games.— Bhavinho (@bhbavalia) June 8, 2016
The most surprising thing about Ventura/Machado is that Ventura hit his target.— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) June 8, 2016
My favorite thing is that Ventura saved his hardest stuff for hitting Machado.— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) June 8, 2016
Not sure what Rusty is doing here, but it's amazing. That hair pic.twitter.com/9XGYfof5wh— Sam (@SamDanes26) June 8, 2016
And you-know-who had to chime in.
Ventura is a punk, that's why I hate him and that team and he just got his ass beat down by Manny for it. He's a gutless puke— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) June 8, 2016
And of course...
Yordavo Ventura... BRILLIANT!!!— Crying Jordan (@CryingJordan) June 8, 2016
Credit - @nick_pants pic.twitter.com/5bV8xlra7R
Are the Royals fed up with his shenanigans?
This probably isn't what you want. pic.twitter.com/vboYXfvDn6— Jared Speckman (@Speck60) June 8, 2016
What are the Royals going to do about Yordano Ventura?