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Royals Rumblings - News for June 14, 2021

Happy 21st Birthday Bobby Witt, Jr.!

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Kris Bubic understands he needs to stop leaving the ball out over the plate, writes Lynn Worthy.

“I just went back and looked at my heat map for the day in terms of pitch location, and everything is just middle-middle — the majority right now,” Bubic said. “That’s just been killing me. To give up seven homers in not even nine innings, that’s a product of leaving the ball in the heart of the plate.”

Scott Barlow has been dependable, but he couldn’t stop the A’s on Saturday.

“He did such a nice job in the eighth,” Matheny said of Barlow. “He was so efficient, and he has been our rock and so good. We got to push him right there. He’s going to give us our best chance, so we gave him an opportunity, but he was right about at the end of his rope.”

The Royals are hoping to see more of the Jorge Soler who homered on Thursday.

As Matheny pointed out, the swing that resulted in a home run on Thursday night was a much more under-control version of his typical uncoiling.

“I’m still trying to be aggressive,” Soler said with assistant strength and conditioning coach/Latin American coordinator Luis Perez translating. “But when I’m on and I feel like everything is where I want it, I can swing hard and still control it. Right now since there hasn’t been that much contact and I’m struggling with it, I’m just trying to shorten up and get the bat to the ball more smoothly.”

Jackson Kowar struggled again, writes Anne Rogers, but the Royals see it as a stepping stone.

Mike Matheny was impressed with Carlos Hernandez and Ronald Bolaños over the weekend.

“You’re talking two guys with big stuff that could come in as starters or be those potential leverage guys in the bullpen, as well,” Matheny said. “It’s impressive to watch them take that next step. Having the big stuff, but having inconsistencies with it, and a lot of it has been mechanical adjustments to simplify and make it repeatable. I think it’s a difference-maker.”

Your Adalberto Mondesi update:

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter thinks pitching coach Cal Eldred deserves more scrutiny.

Alex Duvall at Royals Farm Report has a scouting report on Asa Lacy’s last start.

A look back at a KC Monarchs game from 1921 when they hosted the Cincinnati Cuban Stars.

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom has to leave his start with an elbow issue.

Blue Jays pitcher Steven Matz lands on the COVID-related Injured List.

Why it’s time to bury the Twins.

New York media is panicking over the Yankees.

Can two-pitch starting pitchers succeed?

A look at Yasmani Grandal’s weird season.

North Carolina State upsets #1 Arkansas to advance to the College World Series.

Barry Bonds is still competing - in the 145th Westminster Dog Show.

Former Twins All-Star pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant dies at age 85.

Why the sports world needs to wake up to sexual harassment.

How The National Sports Daily perished 30 years ago this week.

Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen is in stable condition after collapsing during a match.

Should we kill all the mosquitos?

A bidder pays $28 million to go to space with Jeff Bezos.

Inside the paradoxical rise of the meditation app Calm.

Your song of the day is Madness with One Step Beyond.