The Royals were mocked in the off-season for their moves, but out to an impressive start, it’s clear that teams could learn a thing or two from Kansas City’s free-agency pickups.
In this episode Danny and Craig try not to get too excited about the Royals opening day offensive onslaught, discuss the Ventura extension, and Danny predicts that Lorenzo Cain will be the American League MVP.
Note: While the plan is to record the podcast on off days during the season, we may experience a temporary hiatis, as we both plan seperate moves to the KC metro area.
In the latest installment of the Royal Blue Nation Podcast Craig Explains to Danny that Zips aren’t shoes with pockets, and the duo sets out to determine the 25 players the Royals will break camp with.
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It was looking like another game that would require Danny Duffy to throw a shut out just to even qualify for a win.
Danny Duffy made one mistake pitch four innings of Wednesday’s matchup against the Twins. Duffy left a fastball up to Josh Willingham, and he hit it a very long way. Duffy settled down until the fifth inning when he put two on with one out. Ned Yost decided to pull the plug and go to recently acquired Jason Frasor. Frasor would get out of the inning with no damage done.
Danny Duffy pitched a very respectable game: 5.2 innings, one earned run, and four strikeouts. Duffy did give up six walks tonight which elevated his pitch count. Duffy threw 105 pitches, that in which only a little over half of them were strikes. He didn’t have a bad outing, but it’s definitely not what Royals fans are used to seeing.
Danny Duffy now leads the rotation in ERA at 2.42, but is 5-10 this season. Seriously, you cannot make this stuff up. The Royals have given him no run support.
As for the offense tonight, they did not show up until the sixth inning when they decided that it might be a nifty idea to score some runs for their pitcher who just labored through 5+ innings, and only allowed one earned run.
With one out in the sixth inning, Salvador Perez doubled in Omar Infante, and advanced to third on a wild throw by Eduardo Nunez. Alex Gordon then drove in Salvy with a double of his own, as did Mike Moustakas.
The other Twins run was given up by none other than the wonderful (sarcasm) Scott Downs. Downs now has a 5.51 ERA on the year.
Tonight was a very boring ballgame, and I was clearly not entertained. I hope the Royals will do a better job tomorrow when the send Yordano Ventura to the hill to face Kevin Correia.
I will be breaking down all Royals trades right here. That’s assuming if Dayton Moore gets off his rear end and makes a trade. Just please don’t let it be for Emilio Bonifacio.
Alert the presses: The Kansas City Royals scored seven runs tonight.
Without Eric Hosmer (hand contusion) and Lorenzo Cain (rest) I was afraid that that would be a tall task for Kansas City. Alas, it was not.
Mike Moustakas got the scoring started with a solo homerun in the second inning. The White Sox would rally in the fourth inning with a “Big Donkey” Adam Dunn homerun.
The game would be all Royals after that. The Royals would score six (!!!!!) runs after that. Back-to-back doubles by Billy “The Base-Clogger” Butler and Raul “Too Cool For You At 42” Ibanez started off the Royals four run sixth inning.
With the Royals up 3-1, Jarrod Dyson bunts to score Alcides Escobar, and according to the unwritten rules of baseball, you are not allowed to bunt while winning by more than two runs. Mmhhmmm, right.
Omar Infante would sacrifice Nori Aoki in to give KC a 5-1 lead. The scoring outburst would end on a Mike Moustakas two-run bomb to give the Royals a seven (!!!!) run lead.
In short: Mike Moustakas took a good, long look in the mirror, and decided that he can hit balls over the wall not just during BP.
The Royals still lack in one (more than that) department: We still left 14 guys on base. Since the start of the ‘second-half’ the Royals have left 41 men on base.
Before the game, Dayton Moore was interviewed. You know what that means: Writing material for Royals writers everywhere. I’ll give you the gist of it: Our (Dayton and Ned) success is tied together. We’ve got a lot of holes, but we aren’t going to change.
It isn’t exactly word for word, but it’s pretty close. I’m not sure what part of any of those statements actually make sense. You haven’t made the playoffs in either of your tenures. You are also one game under .500 with the current guys on your roster, but you’re convinced that these are the guys that will get your to the playoffs. Crazy, right?
A huge congratulations to Bruce Chen is in order, I think. Bruce Chen has now tied Mariano Rivera for all-time Panamanian wins leader.
The Royals will send James Shields to the hill tomorrow in the rubber game against Jose Quintanna. Quintanna is winless against the Royals in his career, which probably means we’ll lose tomorrow.