Royals top prospect Khalil Lee has opened the 2019 season on fire for AA Northwest Arkansas. Lee finished last night’s game 3-5 and was a home run shy of the cycle. He’s now 5-9 with a double, a triple, a walk, and a stolen base through NWA’s first two games of the season.
After it took four pitchers to get three outs in the ninth on Opening Day, I talked about being patient because routines aren’t there yet and it was sort of an odd day. And now it’s still only been a few games, but man if the patterns aren’t repeating. The most striking thing for me is the inability to throw strikes.
Approach. Greene’s goal was to fill up the zone with a lot of fastballs. This isn’t a word for word quote, but it’s basically what he said in his interview from the day before. Greene followed this approach, the first time through especially. The second time through the lineup he did pitch backwards more using off speed stuff early.
Zimmer will get more opportunities. Yet for now, Yost is looking for any reliever who can put up a zero …
2. Because it’s not just Zimmer who can’t throw strikes
In a fourth straight loss on Thursday, the club’s pitchers issued seven walks. The bullpen was responsible for four of the free passes. The lack of command and control has been the most pressing issue for one of the American League’s worst bullpens (to this point).
“In a tie ballgame, you really try to refrain from walking the first four guys,” Yost said.
“I just saw him the one time,” Mitch Webster said. “Once was enough.”
Notre Dame is headed to the women’s national championship game. They’ll take on Baylor on Sunday night.
Your song of the day is “Give me the beat boys” by the Doobie Brothers: