Robert Ford came to 610 Sports Radio in 2009 as the station’s “Royals Insider.” He currently serves as the pre and post game show host for Royals Broadcasts on 610. The Syracuse graduate has been around professional baseball as a reporter and broadcaster for over a decade.
Royals Spring Training Report for Thu, 3/22
by Robert Ford,posted Mar 22 2012 6:15PM
The middle portion of Bruce Chen’s outing today was very good. The beginning and ending, however, was not good. Against the White Sox in Glendale, Chen allowed several hard-hit balls in the first, including a two-run home run by Adam Dunn, leading to four runs. But, starting with the final two batters of the first, Chen retired 11 of 12 and looked very sharp. That string ended for Chen in the fifth, when the White Sox picked up four singles, none of which were hard-hit, before Dunn crushed a grand slam, followed by an A.J. Pierzynski solo homer, putting an end to Chen’s day.
If you only looked at Chen’s numbers today, and saw 10 runs in 4 1/3 innings, you’d think Chen wasn’t able to do anything right. And, combined with Chen’s struggles in two of his previous three spring outings, one might draw the conclusion that the Royals should be very concerned about Chen. I thought Chen located the ball very well in the middle three innings of his start today and I’m curious to see if he can build on that in his final two spring starts. Regardless, Chen will be in the Royals rotation unless he struggles during the regular season; Chen’s the Royals winningest pitcher over the last two seasons and the Royals signed him to a two-year, $9 million deal this past off-season, so he’s going to get an opportunity to pitch his way out of his funk, especially since the season has yet to start.