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Just Not Enough Pitching

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April 21, 2018 - 3:36 pm
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-Royals (4-15) lost the third game in Detroit, 12-4, on Saturday.

-The offense went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

-Salvador Perez will be behind the plate tonight for Triple-A Omaha. He went 1-for-4 last night as the team's DH. Perez hit an opposite field single, popped out, flied out to right and grounded out to shortstop. He'll catch tonight and tomorrow. The Gold Glove catcher could return as early as Tuesday's opener with Lorenzo Cain and the Brewers. Salvy has been out for three and a half weeks with a tear of the MCL in his left knee.

-Alex Gordon's minor league rehab assignment started Friday night with Omaha. The left fielder went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, ground-out, opposite field fly ball and he reached and scored on a fielder's choice. Gordon is expected to return from a tear in the labrum of his left hip during the upcoming homestand. 

2018 GAME MVP LEADERBOARD

  • 3 - Ian Kennedy
  • 3 - Jakob Junis
  • 2 - Jason Hammel
  • 2 - Mike Moustakas
  • 1 - Burch Smith, Jon Jay, Abraham Almonte
  • 1 - Brad Keller, Alcides Escobar, Danny Duffy
  • 1 - Lucas Duda, Brian Flynn, Whit Merrifield

-Danny Duffy made the start Saturday on just three days' rest. It's the price a pitching staff has to pay when their team plays two doubleheaders in a week. 

-Duffy was able to give the team 4.2 innings of work. He needed 101 pitches to do so and allowed six runs on ten hits. The ten hits tie a career-high.

-The lefty was helped and hurt by the defensive shifts. Nick Castellanos hit a two-out RBI single in the first inning that rolled into right field against the shift. James McCann beat the shift in a similar way in the second inning, and the frustration on Duffy's face was evident.

-I'll give Duffy this: He battled. His location was erratic, his velocity was in the low 90s, he was likely tired due to the shortened time off and his defense wasn't always helpful, but he certainly battled.

-All things considered, the Royals pitching staff is in pretty good shape despite playing two games in one day on two separate occasions this week. Jason Hammel and Jakob Junis combining to eat 17 innings on Friday allowed Ned Yost to to get through the short start from Duffy on Saturday.

MINOR LEAGUE THREE STARS

  • RHP Heath Fillmyer
    • 23 years old
    • AAA-Omaha
    • Royals #22 Prospect
    • 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 6 K, 1 BB on Friday.
    • 11.2 consecutive scoreless
  • LHP Daniel Tillo
    • 21 years old
    • Low-A Lexington
    • Royals #19 Prospect
    • 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER. No-hitter through six
    • 1.96 ERA in 18.1 IP
  • RHP Arnaldo Hernandez
    • 22 years old
    • High-A Wilmington
    • Venezuela
    • 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 K, 2 BB
    • 1.80 ERA in 15 IP

-Mike Moustakas extended his hitting streak to 13 games. He's hitting .386 with four doubles, five home runs and 12 RBI during this stretch. It's the second-longest active streak in baseball.

-Jorge Soler has a six-game hitting streak after Saturday's game. He's hitting .381 with four doubles and a home run. Soler's .803 OPS is second-best on the team.

-The Royals are 0-for-15 this season with the bases loaded.

2018 PLAY OF THE GAME LEADERBOARD

  • 3 - Mike Moustakas
  • 3 - Alcides Escobar
  • 3 - Lucas Duda, Jon Jay
  • 2 - Whit Merrifield, Drew Butera
  • 1 - Brad Keller, Jorge Soler, Jakob Junis

-Justin Grimm allowed three runs and recorded one out. His ERA sits at 21.86.

-Blaine Boyer allowed one run and recorded three outs. His ERA sits at 22.50.

-It's difficult to argue for either one of them to keep their spot in this bullpen. Boyer's stuff isn't fooling anyone and Grimm appears to be in his own head.

2018 BLUE-COLLAR PLAYER OF THE GAME LEADERBOARD

  • 3 - Whit Merrifield
  • 2 - Brad Keller
  • 2 - Kelvin Herrera
  • 2 - Cheslor Cuthbert
  • 1 - Royals Fans, Tim Hill, Ryan Goins
  • 1 - Jon Jay, Lucas Duda, Justin Grimm, Drew Butera
  • 1 - Abraham Almonte, Jorge Soler, Mike Moustakas

-Abraham Almonte made another impressive catch in center field and went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. He may be in the process to taking Paulo Orlando's roster spot.

-Duffy also made an impressive defensive play in the first inning. With a runner on second base, Jeimer Candelario hit a hard ground ball to Lucas Duda at first base. Duda fielded the ball, flipped it to Duffy with his glove, and Duffy grabbed it with his barehand while sprinting to first base.

2018 CATCH OF THE GAME LEADERBOARD

  • 3 - Whit Merrifield
  • 3 - Alcides Escobar
  • 3 - Abraham Almonte
  • 2 - Chelsor Cuthbert, Jon Jay, Lucas Duda
  • 1 - Mike Moustakas, Jorge Soler
  • 1 - Alex Gordon, Brandon Maurer

-The two teams will finish off a four-game series Sunday afternoon at 12:10. I'll get you ready for the game beginning at 11:00 on 610 Sports Radio.

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