Drew Waters won $100 from Zack Greinke for his first big league home run.
According to Waters, who told the story after the Royals’ 6-5 loss in 10 innings to the Guardians, Greinke bet Waters shortly after he was called up that the rookie wouldn’t hit a home run for “the rest of the season.”
“I was like, ‘All right, I hope he’s not putting the bad juju on me,’” Waters said. “But as soon as I went deep, that was the one guy I was looking for in the dugout. He actually wasn’t in the dugout, but as soon as he came back in, I was sure to go up to him and tell him he owed me a hundred.”
Greinke will be activated and start on Wednesday.
“He’s ready to go,” Matheny said. “Fortunately, he didn’t even need to do a rehab assignment. He did it here, got his work in. I know he’s wanting to be part of the mix. I’m just happy he’s feeling good.”
Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter thinks Tim Anderson’s defensive turnaround could be instructive for Bobby Witt Jr.
Anderson made his debut for the White Sox in 2016, playing in 98 games. However, 2017 was his first full season in the Majors for a “rebuilding” White Sox team, and as I noted on Twitter yesterday, the defensive numbers, especially advanced metrics, weren’t pretty.
Anderson’s numbers are similar to what Witt has done this year. If anything, Witt’s numbers have been slightly better, and for context, Anderson had a full season to play shortstop for the White Sox that season (i.e. he wasn’t flip-flopping between positions like Witt).
Scott Barlow was on MLB Network last week.
"I think in previous years watching the other guys going about their business" - @Royals closer Scott Barlow on what's helped him find success this season#HighHeat | #TogetherRoyal | @alannarizzo pic.twitter.com/kg8dQWY1Ac— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) September 1, 2022
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