Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Wily Peralta feels good about shifting into a relief role:
The 28-year-old former Brewers pitcher pretty much has made it official, telling MLB.com he views himself now as strictly a reliever.
”Yeah, I finished my last few outings in Milwaukee in the bullpen last season,” Peralta said. “I feel like I’m a bullpen guy now. At first it was a hard transition because I’ve always been a starter. But going to Triple-A last year for a bit helped me with the transition and taught me how to go back to back out of the ‘pen.”
David Lesky tries to suss out which spring numbers are real and which are not:
Did you really think I’d write an article about spring and not talk about my crush? Junis only has two appearances, so who knows what’ll happen, but he’s thrown six innings, allowed one home run (right down the line) and two hits with 10 strikeouts and zero walks. His fastball has been 93-95 and his slider has been unreal. His last outing he looked about as good as I’d seen him at any point last season. Yes, it’s just spring, but it’s hard not to be excited about him after the way he finished the season. The way some of his teammates talk about him, you wouldn’t be surprised if he pitched above what many believe his ceiling will be. I don’t think Junis is quite this dominant, but he’s a really solid pitcher, and this spring is showing it so far.
Verdict: It’s real and it’s spectacular.
The Royals got back in the win column today, but outfielder Alex Gordon is now hitless in his last 19 at-bats. “I don’t worry about Alex,” Ned Yost said. Full recap of the Royals day from @maria_torres3:https://t.co/ghz1uyhvyg— Sports Daily KC (@SportsDailyKC) March 15, 2018
Actor Jim Caviezel threw out the first pitch, hung out, and filled in as first base coach on Wednesday.
KoK’s Justin Jones looks at how the Mike Moustakas signing trickles down the roster.
Rustin Dodd wrote something you probably can’t read:
The Royals’ Cheslor Cuthbert is obsessed with chickens. “Just love ‘em,” he says. I wrote a story about his second passion, his native Corn Island, and a rainy season that threatened to wipe out the whole thing: https://t.co/LnDpmWjOhU— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) March 14, 2018
Bryan Grosnick looks at the Jake Arrieta signing and what it signifies for the Phillies.
Looks like the Braves are going to game the service time of Ronald Acuna.
Old friend Tim Collins might be back:
I’m excited for a lot of things related to the 2018 MLB season, but nothing compares to how fired up watching @Timcollins55 pump 97mph gets me. Strikes out the side without a fastball under 94. Hard work and perseverance rewarded. #nationals pic.twitter.com/0Z6kaId1tP— Eric Cressey (@EricCressey) March 14, 2018
Jeff Sullivan thinks Lucas Giolito looks new and different and way more betterer. Sully also takes a long hard gander at the no-look pick-off.
Zack Greinke left his start early with groin tightness.
The Workaholics dudes opening pitched it at the Diamondbacks spring training game yesterday.
The cutthroat Mariners outrighted Mike Morin to Tacoma:
RHP Mike Morin has been outrighted to Class AAA Tacoma. M’s 40-man roster is at 38— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) March 14, 2018
This new flick with the inimitable Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson directed by Boots Riley looks amazing.
Bali will go internet dark for 24 hours this weekend to give its citizens time for quiet reflection for Nyepi.
Where can Marvel go after Black Panther?
Why the US Capitol’s demon cat legend persists.
Alan Sepinwall posits that this season’s penultimate episode of The X-Files could easily serve as its finale.
The song of the day is “Passing Days” by Lung Letters: