Let’s start by wishing Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg wishes of peaceful rest after succumbing to complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas in her home in Washington surrounded by loved ones. Before we get into the inevitable political war in the comments section, please stop, read, and reflect on Ginsburg’s life and accomplishments as a servant of the American people. May she Rest In Peace.
On to the rest of the news.
Alec Lewis wrote about Brad Keller’s efforts to tweak his pitch mechanics during the COVID shutdown in order to add to the effectiveness of his slider. And it seems like the efforts have been fruitful.
The mechanical change can’t be quantified by accessible metrics, but it does show up in the entirety of Keller’s 2020 statistics. Keller is walking only 2.89 batters per nine innings as opposed to 3.81 in 2019. Digging deeper, Keller’s slider is dropping nearly an inch more, per Brooks Baseball. That, in effect, has made the pitch play more like a power curve, which, according to studies, can garner reverse platoon splits.
Friday afternoon, Lynn Worthy said the Royals didn’t find any reason to further discipline Danny Duffy beyond his pushed start on Tuesday.
Royals manager Mike Matheny said the organization had vetted the information regarding Danny Duffy missing the team flight and his vehicle issues on Monday. They were satisfied with the findings and that's why he'll be able to start tonight in Milwaukee.— Lynn Worthy (@LWorthySports) September 18, 2020
And last night Flanny got more information about the incident.
Danny Duffy confirmed my earlier tweet that he had a car/(flat) tire issue, causing him to miss the team flight Monday: "Missing a flight can’t happen. I felt like I let the team down....I put our bullpen in a bad spot. It’s something that will never happen again. I regret that."— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) September 19, 2020
I get why people jumped to conclusions the way they did. I hope everyone who did will think about this incident the next time they suspect something without having all the info. Let’s try not to jump to conclusions as quickly and start giving others the benefit of the doubt again.
During halftime of the Browns-Bengals game on Thursday night, Joe Buck was announced to have won the Pete Rozelle award, punching his ticket to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Love him or hate him (you should love him because he’s great) the announcement and career retrospect was awesome.
Awesome moment as Joe @Buck finds out live on TV that he will be joining his father in the Pro Football Hall of fame!— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 18, 2020
Congratulations Joe! pic.twitter.com/hw0ejy2Pnn
Adam Sandler seems to have made good on his promise to make the worst movie ever on purpose after being snubbed for an Oscar nomination for Uncut Gems. Behold...
September 18, 2020
A certain handsome and intelligent Royals Review writer hosts a KC sports podcast that you might be interested in. Our commander in chief, Max Rieper, has been a recurring guest on it. This week we had a draft of our favorite books even though none of us read books.
This week we talked #NFL week 1 standouts, called out some frauds, and drafted our favorite books (we don't read). If you like wht you see, you can catch the whole episode at our YouTube page.https://t.co/8X8UKDrPYX pic.twitter.com/0oiFOam2Ij— Clearing Waivers Podcast (@ClearingWaivers) September 16, 2020
Fantasy Football Start of the Week
Raheem Mostert The Jets are bad. All around bad. And the 49ers are nursing a lot of big time injuries. I think Kyle Shannahan is just going to do what he needs to do to get out of there with a win, and that centers around the run game, more specifically Mostert. In week 1, he had 151 total yards with a long touchdown reception. And if I’m wrong and the Jets come out spry, that’s even better considering Mostert’s aforementioned involvement in the passing game. Start him with confidence.
Song of the Day
It was only a matter of time before I got my favorite band of all time in for this and although this is not my favorite song of theirs, it seems like the best song of theirs to get your Saturday started. It’s gonna be beautiful in KC. Get out there and spread some positivity today!