Royals Rumblings - News for September 7, 2021
Andrew Benintendi flashed the glove and power in a win Monday over Baltimore.
“All you can do is keep your head down and keep working,” Benintendi said. “Hopefully the numbers will come up a little bit, but it is what it is. … It’s a result-based game, and obviously it’d be nice to see some more [results], but it is what it is.”
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“It has been an up and down year,” Benintendi said. “It seems like every time I kind of get things going with the bat, I broke a rib and messed up my shoulder. It’s a grind obviously. You go up there trying to get a hit every single time. It’s not going to happen, obviously. You could do everything right and you still are out, so.
“I feel like I’ve hit into a lot of hard outs this year, which is unfortunate but it’s part of it. All you can do, I guess, is keep your head down and keep working. Hopefully the numbers will come up a little bit, but it is what it is. The preparation and everything like that is the same. It’s a result-based game. Obviously, it would be nice to see some more, but it is what it is.”
Mike Matheny likes the way his team played against the first place White Sox.
“I think as we went through [last season], who did we not represent ourselves well against — it would have been this team,” manager Mike Matheny said. “We didn’t play well. But now looking back over the season against them, we played some really good games. I believe when our guys play our style of baseball, we’re putting pressure on the bases, playing good defense and most importantly, it’s the starting pitching.
“And it doesn’t hurt to have our catcher on the field doing what he does. It was a pretty good representation of the kind of baseball we believe we can play.”
Anne Rogers also wrote about the blister issues Daniel Lynch suffered in his start over the weekend.
“Just the way I grip my slider, I have my index finger resting against the ball,” Lynch said. “For some reason, [Saturday] it was just sort of ripping into my finger. It was cut, and it was just bleeding out and getting onto the back of my finger. I didn’t really feel it until the second inning.”
Salvador Perez was asked if he can catch Jorge Soler for the single-season club home run record.
“That’s a great question,” Perez said as he leaned back in a chair and looked into a camera broadcasting the Royals’ post-game Zoom video conference Sunday afternoon. “But I don’t have any answers for that. I’m going to try to do my best every day. Whatever happens is going to happen. We’ve got to wait until the last out, the last game of the season and see where I’m going to be.”
David Lesky at Inside the Crown gives an early review on Adalberto Mondesi at third base.
There were a couple small mistakes. I think he probably didn’t handle a popup over his head that ended up scoring a run especially well. And he went to second on a ground ball with two outs that was a lot closer than necessary when he could have gone to first. Then on Sunday, he let a ball paly him and then made a bad throw, but overall, he looked fine out there. My issue here is that I just don’t understand why you clearly have an idea in mind to play him at third and don’t give him any chances during his rehab assignment. I suppose I can buy that they didn’t think he needed any reps there in a game, but also what’s the harm of playing him there a couple times? I just don’t get this organization sometimes, but I am intrigued to see Mondesi play some third this month and anticipate there will be a fair amount of outfield work done during the winter.
Anthony Castrovince at MLB.com has a long list of potential trade candidates this off-season.
Whit Merrifield, INF/OF, RoyalsThis poor guy has had his name dragged through the trade-rumor mud for years now, and we hate to do it again. A trade probably won’t happen, as Royals general manager Dayton Moore is known to get emotionally attached to his players. But as important as Merrifield has been to Kansas City, there is a good argument for a rebuilding ballclub extracting value from veteran players however possible — and Merrifield is only under their contractual control for another two seasons. Maybe, having dealt a fan favorite in Danny Duffy (albeit just prior to his free agency), the tide is turning here, and the Royals will more seriously engage with Merrifield’s many suitors.
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