The guys try to contin their giddyness while comparing the Royals hot start to other teams that jusmped out to a 7-0 record. They also discuss the Alex Rios injury, the resurgance of Mike Moustakas, and Ventura versus Trout.
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.
The guys discuss the frightning numbers that Royals pitchers have been putting up this spring, Brandon Finnigan’s demotion, Alex Gordon’s contract situation, and the apparent loss of Jandel Gustave. They also justify making fun of a handicapped guy.
The first episode of the Royal Blue Nation Podcast has arrived. In this episode Danny and Craig discuss Hall of Fame voting, the Royals offseason moves, look back on the magical 2014 season, forecast 2015, and Danny shares an embarrasing story.
First of all, a huge congratulations is in order for Alex Gordon who collected his 1000th career hit.
It was a night where nothing could go right for the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching, and everything could go right for the Kansas City Royals offense.
The Diamondbacks had a lead over the Royals for exactly 2.2 innings. They scored Jordan Pacheco on an RBI-single by outfielder Mark Trumbo. That would be the only run the Dbacks offense could muster up until the eighth inning. Danny Duffy went five complete innings with seven strikeouts. It was all up to the bullpen after that, and they came though with four solid innings.
“Duffy doesn’t get very much run support.”
I find myself saying that tonight as the Kansas City offense gave Danny Duffy twelve runs to work with. It started with a three-run dinger from All Star starting catcher Salvador Perez, and escalated from there. For the past two games, the fifth inning has been so kind for the Royals. In the past two games, they have scored thirteen runs in the fifth inning. With two on, Billy Butler crushed a two-run home run to left-center field to give KC a 6-1 lead. After Alex Gordon scored on a wild pitch. With the bases juiced, up comes Nori Aoki. Aoki blasted a ball over the right field wall to give Aoki (!!!!) the third grand slam of the season. Yes, as your eyes do a double-take, I did say Nori Aoki. Alex Gordon had the other RBI as he singled in Billy Butler for the twelfth run of the game.
Danny Duffy is now 6-10 with a 2.39 ERA this season. Over Duffy’s last five starts he has allowed four earned runs, and sat down 26 batters. Duffy has shined in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery.
Billy Butler and Salvador Perez both had quite the night. They were a combined 7-10 with two home runs, and six RBIs. Over the last seven games Butler is hitting .364/.364/.545. It’s an understatement to say that while Eric Hosmer is out, they really need his bat to step up.
The Detroit Tigers beat the Yankees today, so Kansas City gained no ground there. The Angels and Blue Jays both lost. Kansas City now sits 0.5 games back of the second Wildcard spot, and 4.5 games back of first place in the AL Central.
The Royals will send Yordano Ventura (8-8, 3.50 ERA) to face Josh Collmenter (8-5, 4.07 ERA) for game two of the series at 8:40 central time. Let’s hope they didn’t use all of their offense up for Danny Duffy today, and get some runs for Yordano tomorrow.
After standing pat at the trade deadline, Royals fans spent the latter half of today in a bit of a foul mood. A team with a lot of holes, and admittedly so, made absolutely no attempts to make this team better, but still has high hopes of making the playoffs. Sounds crazy, right? That’s because it is.
Tonight didn’t get off to a dazzling start, but it finished as one for Yordano Ventura. Danny Santana (something about Santana’s that just like to hit against KC) homered to lead off the game. The other Ventura run was unearned, and came off of an E5 throwing error on third baseman Mike Moustakas.
Yordano Ventura got off to a rocky start allowing the leadoff home run, but was solid afterwards. Ventura scattered four more hits while striking out seven batters in seven innings of work.
Kansas City tied the ballgame in the fifth inning with two runs on back-to-back doubles, and a fielding error on Eduardo Escobar. The Royals would put four more on the board to take the lead back for good in the seventh. The Royals are trying this new thing called ‘frenzy hitting’ and, call me crazy, but I think it might be working. Lorenzo Cain got things started in the seventh inning with a double to left field. With two on after a Mike Moustakas walk, Alcides Escobar tripled to score both of them. Jarrod Dyson then singled in Escobar, and would eventually come around to score on two stolen bases, and a throwing error.
Game notes: X-rays have revealed that Eric Hosmer has a stress fracture in his hand, and is out 3-4 weeks. Hosmer injured it against Jon Lester in Boston. Lester has since been traded, and we will see him this weekend in Oakland.
Pitching matchups for Oakland do not look good at all. Game one will feature Jeremy Guthrie and Sonny Gray (yikes.) Jason Vargas is set to make his return after being on the DL due to the removal of his appendix. Vargas will face recently acquired Royal killer, Jon Lester. Scott Kazmir and James Shields will round out the series. I must say, folks, the matchups don’t look good for our Boys in Blue.
Detroit lost today to Chicago, and the Royals now sit four games back of the AL Central lead. Need I remind you: Detroit acquired David Price, and the Royals acquired absolutely nobody. Unless you count Jason Frasor, Scott Downs, Raul Ibanez, and Erik Kratz a big acquisition, this trade season was a bust.
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.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t planning on a recap due to the fact that my brother took my dog to live with him, and yes that made me very, very sad. It was about the bottom of the 14th inning when I realized that most of you probably went to bed in the bottom of the thirteenth.
This game didn’t see it’s first hit until the top of the fifth inning when Carlos Santana singled off of Danny Duffy.
The first Royals base runner came in the seventh when Omar Infante singled, but was stranded. The first of two Royals runs came in the eighth inning when Mike Moustakas hit a little league homerun. It was ruled a double and a two-base throwing error, and was charged as an unearned run to Corey Kluber.
The Royals were poised to end the game in the ninth when All Star Greg Holland blew the save for the second time this year.
The score would stand pat for the next five innings. In the bottom of the fourteenth, Lorenzo Cain hit an infield single to get things started for Kansas City that inning. Cain then stole second base for Raul Ibanez to hit him in.
Ned Yost would pinch-hit Danny Valencia for Raul Ibanez. The countering move would be for Terry Francona to bring in John Axford. Danny Valencia would promptly strike out.
Next up would be Nori Aoki. If you told me that the game would be left up to Nori Aoki, I would’ve told you that you were lying. Nori Aoki singled in Lorenzo Cain to give the Royals the 2-1 walkoff victory against the Indians.
Josh Tomlin will face Yordano Ventura later today in game number two. Let’s hope there is a better offensive production from the Royals.