Royals Rumblings - News for April 18, 2018
Ned Yost discusses Blaine Boyer’s continuing troubles.
“He’s struggling right now. It’s mostly location,” Yost said. “Gets ahead. … The pitch they hit for the three-run homer — it wasn’t a horrible pitch, but it just had too much of the plate.”
The Royals aren’t sure who will start on Saturday.
Ian Kennedy will be unavailable, as he will pitch the series finale in Toronto on Wednesday. Jason Hammel and Jakob Junis will each start a game in Friday’s doubleheader against the Tigers at Comerica Park.
So either Duffy or Eric Skoglund, each of whom started a game in a doubleheader against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, will get the starting nod for Saturday’s afternoon game.
”We’ll watch today and make a determination,” Yost said. “It’s who had the easiest go of it.”
Sam Mellinger writes in Mellinger Minutes that the Royals could have planned for this year much better.
I’m sorry-not-sorry to keep going back to it, but the original sin here was in not choosing a path before the 2017 season. Moore has often said that the best time to trade his stars would’ve been the offseason after 2015, and while that’s technically true, nobody would’ve done that. You couldn’t have. That team meant too much, was too good, not to let them try to do it again.
But the front office needed to make a decision before 2017. This is not hindsight. You can’t trade Wade Davis for Jorge Soler and honestly say you’re trying to win, and you can’t hold onto stars with trade value and honestly say you’re trying to rebuild.
What the Royals were doing was hoping for a miracle, or that everything would fall their way, and for a glorious stretch from July 2014 to November 2015 the Royals were a miracle, with everything falling their way, but that’s not a real plan.
An update on some injured Royals.
Adalberto Mondesi (shoulder) will begin playing extended Spring Training games today. Bubba Starling (oblique) will begin playing in 3-4 days. Both need about 30 at-bats before being sent out.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) April 14, 2018
RHP Jesse Hahn, on the 60-day DL with a UCL sprain, has been progressing in his throwing program in Arizona and should start some bullpen sessions soon.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) April 13, 2018
Clay Buchholz made his debut with Northwest Arkansas.
Clay Buchholz worked 4.2 innings, one hit, no runs, two walks, five strikeouts...left the game w/ a man on 3rd & RH Jason Adam struck out the next batter on a 97 MPH fastball. Buchholz threw 77 pitches, 56 strikes. Retired first 11 hitters faced. #NWANaturals #Royals— Benjamin Kelly (@BKellyPxP) April 18, 2018
Jeremy Guthrie will make his broadcast debut today with the Royals game on Facebook.
“It’s certainly something I have interest in,” Guthrie said. “MLB reached out to me to do this, and I was pretty excited. Nervous, but excited.”
More off-days gives MLB more wiggle room in the schedule to make up postponed games.
Do projections a team will be bad cause a team to actually become bad?
Anthony Rizzo thinks there are too many baseball games.
The Oakland Athletics gave away tickets to celebrate their 50th anniversary in Oakland.
Baseball can’t rebuild Puerto Rico, but their return to play games there is a comfort to the residents.
Why baseball franchises should be considered an investment and not a going-concern business.
Has baseball turned Jackie Robinson from a fiery activist to a paper saint?
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers could be in for a contract dispute.
You get an extra day to file your taxes after the IRS website crashes.
Netflix is growing at a stunning rate.
RIP Barbara Bush and remembering the time she had a sense of humor and wrote Marge Simpson a letter.
Your song of the day is Toto with Africa.