Jordan Lyles was happy to finally get his first victory Saturday.
“It was another reminder that shaking hands after games is a lot of fun,’’ said Lyles (1-11), after his first victory with the Royals. “Obviously, we haven’t done that when I’ve [started]. It feels really good to win.
“My mindset hasn’t changed, record-wise. I’m a very positive guy overall. I believe the next day is another day to get better. It might sound cliché, but I’m still learning and still trying to get better. I’m always looking to figure out something to get me over the hump.’’
Daniel Lynch felt good about his outing on Sunday.
Lynch said he feels he’s trending upward — a sentiment that could be directed toward the Royals as a whole.
“I definitely gave up less hard contact, but I wasn’t quite as lucky,’’ Lynch said. “I made pitches when I had to. I thought our defense was awesome.
“You go up against a guy of that caliber [Glasnow], you know it’s going to be a battle. Overall this weekend, our offense did a great job against some really good pitchers. We were in the games. We battled back in a couple of them. We played great defense the whole time. There are definitely some positives to take away. Now it’s up to us to build on those positives.’’
Drew Waters was happy to snap out of a slump this weekend.
“I think the smile comes from beating the Tampa Bay Rays,” Waters said. “Everyone knows the type of team that they are and the quality they bring every night. Top to bottom, as a team, I thought we played really well. That’s what we are capable of (doing).”
Anne Rogers profiles Royals catcher Freddy Fermin.
The Royals signed Fermin for less than $10,000. One chance was all he needed. As he slowly made his way through the Minors, playing at every level of the Royals’ organization, his receiving skills got better. His bat became serviceable with sneaky strength.
And Fermin became someone on whom the Royals knew they could count.
“He’s a workhorse,” Boscan said. “Sometimes I have to tell him, ‘Freddy, that’s enough.’ He’s never told me, ‘Hey, I’m good.’ He wants to work and is open to information at all times.”
David Laurila mentions the Royals as an underachiever in his Fangraphs column.
I also ran a poll asking which of four AL teams has most underachieved. The results were Mariners 38.3%, Blue Jays 31.4%, Yankees 21.7%, and Twins 8.6%. A team that I didn’t include in the poll attracted the attention of Bill James. Commenting on the poll, the renowned writer and sabermetrician said “I would bet that the Royals are just as far beneath expectations as any of these teams. It’s just that the expectations were low to begin with.”
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