Royals Rumblings - News for April 6, 2021
Anne Rogers writes that Danny Duffy found success by making some adjustments.
Duffy’s fastball is his bread-and-butter pitch, but he was able to mix in his changeup effectively, especially behind in the count to get contact and rely on the defense behind him. His curveball got sharper later in the game, and he struck out Cesar Hernandez with it to end the third inning after making an adjustment.
“I shortened my stride and made a couple of adjustments and got a guy to swing over it and got some weak contact with it after the third inning,” Duffy said.
Mike Matheny will push Brad Keller’s next start to Thursday, which could either mean a start for Ervin Santana, or a bullpen game on Wednesday.
“I think in theory, anything can happen,” Matheny said. “Depends on what happens [Monday]. Whether it’s Santana, or you’d have time to get anybody here. That’s always part of the option. Ideally, we’d like to have a solid start [Monday], run through a few of our guys and have plenty of coverage for that game on Wednesday.”
Hunter Dozier is still day-to-day with a thumb injury, and missed Monday’s game in Cleveland, writes Lynn Worthy.
“He’s already starting to fight a little bit, but he hasn’t hit yet,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “He still needs to hit, and we’ve got to make sure. It’s one of those things that you know you’ll go backwards if you don’t take the amount of time that you need.”
David Lesky at Inside the Crown writes that the Royals’ bullpen is quite good.
They can get you in the short inning situations with guys like Staumont, Barlow, Holland, Zimmer and Hahn. They can stretch guys out as I mentioned above. And they have some serious velocity with three different guys who can touch 99 and a few others who can get to 96 or 97. That’s a well rounded bullpen that should help the Royals to win some games.
Alec Lewis looks back at Dayton Moore’s start at George Mason and how it created the culture of the Royals.
This was often the case during those years. Sure, Brown and Moore allowed some fun. The players snuck out the night before games. They played tag for conditioning. However, the team’s serious nature was obvious, and that was a reflection of the coaching staff.
In the dugout, when talking about the game, Moore sometimes said: “Who do I want next to me in the foxhole?”
“He always talked like we were at war,” said Jerry Frulio, another former George Mason player. “It was intense, and you hung on every word he said.”
Carlos Santana received a standing ovation in his return to Cleveland.
Former Royals pitcher Mike Montgomery signs with the Yankees.
The Colorado Rockies are reportedly expected to host the 2021 All-Star Game.
Jacob deGrom is pulled after just 77 starts, and the Mets implode afterwards.
Fernando Tatis, Jr. exits the game after an arm injury while striking out.
The Rangers draw 38,000 fans to their home opener.
Nick Castellanos was suspended two games for his role in a brawl between the Reds and Cardinals.
The drummer for the Black Keys filled in on the drum at the Indians game after the regular drum guy recovers from heart surgery.
Should MLB ditch the extra inning rule in favor of ties?
The pace of play problem is already getting worse so far this year.
What did MLB players do during all their free time under quarantine?
Some Mets players have been hesitant to publicly embrace vaccination.
The Carolina Panthers acquire quarterback Sam Darnold from the Jets.
Is Apple making its own autonomous vehicle?
Yahoo Answers will be shut down forever in May.
What is going on with the cameos in the new Space Jam movie?
Your song of the day is Men at Work with Overkill.