Royals Rumblings - News for April 5, 2021
Anne Rogers has some takeaways from the opening weekend, including that Royals starting pitchers will need to go deeper in games.
“We know we’re going to need our starters to go deeper,” Matheny said. “We know that we can’t keep expecting the offense to fight back every night. ... We’ve got to get our starters to give us a chance to make a mark so we can get a little momentum going forward and stay ahead instead of fighting back.”
She also talks to Jake Brentz about making his Major League debut.
“From when I signed in 2013, it’s been a long road,” Brentz said. “But everything I’ve gone through in the Minor Leagues and stuff prepared me for this. When I got the call [Saturday], it was a pretty surreal moment. But obviously there’s a job to do, and just went out there trying to put up a zero and keep us in the ballgame, and give my team the best chance to win. It was a great day, though, that’s for sure.”
Mike Matheny is impressed with Michael Taylor after a long home run on Saturday.
“You could tell their at-bats were improving the more they got a look at a guy they hadn’t seen,” Royals manager Mike Mathney said. “Then they just did what they do. They just started piling together some quality at-bats. But Michael — that was quite a spark. You don’t see many balls go up there. That was impressive.”
Mike Matheny said Hunter Dozier is going to get in some early work this morning. The swelling has gone down, but the Royals just want to get ahead of the injury, rather than taking a couple of steps forward, then maybe going backward.— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) April 4, 2021
Hanser Alberto is providing versatility and emotion, writes Lynn Worthy.
Could Kansas City host the All-Star Game this year?
Baseball America surveys anonymous scouts, with the Royals tying for the most votes for “which team will surprise.”
“Offensively, the Royals are good. I think they’re gonna field the ball. They’re not going to create extra outs. It seems like a team with really good chemistry, and I think they’ve done a nice job this offseason with some acquisitions and I think the division is doable.”
Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter looks at Taylor’s hot start with the Royals.
Former Royals minor leaguer Tim Melvile tosses a no-hitter in Taiwan.
Jose Berrios and Corbin Burns each flirted with no-hitters in a historic pitching duel.
Shohei Ohtani becomes the third pitcher to hit for himself since the designated hitter rule began, and he drills a 450-foot home run.
The Red Sox have their second 0-3 start at Fenway after being swept by Baltimore.
White Sox DH Yermin Mercedes makes history with an 8-for-8 start.
The Cardinals and Reds get into a fracas after Nick Castellanos scores.
The Mets reportedly had extension talks with Jacob deGrom in spring training.
Former All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez signs with a team in the Mexican League.
This year’s draft will be limited to just 20 rounds.
Angels reliever Ty Buttrey announces he is leaving baseball.
Stanford wins the women’s college basketball championship over Arizona.
The personal data of 533 million Facebook users leaks online.
A map shows where billions of cicadas will emerge this summer.
A sealed Super Mario Bros. cartridge sells for $600k at auction.
Your song of the day is Violent Femmes with Prove My Love.