Royals Rumblings - News for April 17, 2018
Danny Duffy has gone back to the windup to avoid tipping pitches, writes Rustin Dodd.
Duffy believes the pitch tipping stemmed from the positioning of his glove in the stretch position. Maybe it was subtle, he says, or maybe it was something else. It’s all a little guesswork. Yet, as he sorted through possible fixes, he settled on one: A return to the windup after two seasons of pitching exclusively from the stretch.
“I think it was just time to make an adjustment,” he said.
Maria Torres looks at the slow start by the numbers
Take some comfort in the recent surges of Lucas Duda and Jorge Soler, too. Duda is now hitting .282 after racking up seven hits in his last six games. And since he snapped out of his season-opening 0 for 11 rut, Soler has gone 8 for 26 with two doubles and an on-base percentage of .379.
“It’s just a matter of time,” Yost said this weekend. “Get two or three guys on track, it’s gonna help a lot.”
Blaine Boyer may have saved lives by taking over the wheel of the team bus after it was hit by ice, writes Dodd.
“He was bloodied up,” Boyer said. “The whole bus was rocked. It seemed like we got hit by an IED or something crazy.”
What actually happened, the full story of how a piece of ice smashed into the bus’s windshield, is still not totally clear. Yet a basic sketch was culled together on Monday, in interviews with players and coaches who shared the harrowing story with The Athletic.
“It was insane,” Moustakas said.
Here are photos from inside the Rogers Centre yesterday, after it was struck by ice.
Royals minor league outfielder Khalil Lee makes the MLB Pipeline Team of the Week.
Leigh Oleszczak thinks it is time to give Hunter Dozier a chance.
Bryce Harper hit a broken-bat home run.
Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is out 8-12 weeks with a thumb injury.
Neil Paine at FiveThirtyEight wonders if the Mets really are this good.
Jeff Passan notes that attendance is down compared to last spring, but questions whether it is just the cold weather.
In the age of the super team, it is still the “Cardinals Way” that works in St. Louis.
You can buy a “stake” in a MLB player and his earnings, but is that taking advantage of the player?
Des Linden becomes the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985.
Athletes are leading cannabis into the mainstream.
Your 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners wrote stories on Hollywood sexual harassment, Roy Moore, and the heroin epidemic.
Why did New York City stop building subways?
Your song of the day is Cage the Elephant with Whole Wide World.