Mike Mayers did his thing in a start that may just be a blip for the Royals, but it was nice to see an approach like he took.
You're absolutely right that Mayers looked fantastic Tuesday night. (That slider was borderline illegal!) Who knows, he could turn out to be one of those highly unexpected valuable pieces of a rebuilding team. Although it occurred to me that it's kind of a sad commentary on the state of the pitching staff that we have to turn to a journeyman like Mayers for our pitching highlights.
10 walks in the series opener against a losing team? YIKES! One could perhaps be forgiven for wondering if "raid the zone" had morphed into "raid the beer cooler."
Jake Eisenberg went a little more old-school than Austin Powers last night. After one of his strikeouts, he noted that the Tigers' player whom he struck out (can't remember which one) was "not worthy." I'm not even sure how old Jake is, but surely he wasn't born before 1989 when Wayne's World debuted on SNL. I wish that I weren't; alas, I was in high school already.
There are now 69 qualified major-league starting pitchers. Of those 69, Jordan Lyles is 68th in ERA and Brady Singer is 69th. Ouchie. So right now, they have two bullpen-opener spots and LITERALLY the two worst pitchers in MLB in the rotation. And then there's Thornton Melon (a/k/a Zack Greinke). I think (or is "hope" the correct word?) that Daniel Lynch is standing on the bump in St. Louis on Monday or Tuesday. I also wouldn't mind giving Mayers another go, so maybe he can show those dirty birds what they lost!
Is it weird that it doesn't even bother me that Pasquatch is in a 4-for-42 or whatever it is? He's just too hitterish for that to last very much longer.
Mayer pitched even better than the numbers. Many of his misses were either actually Ks or just barely off the plate and could have been called Ks by an ump with a more generous zone. I think he got a little tired in the fifth. If he gets those balls called strikes earlier, perhaps he goes 5 and gets the win. Not that it matters a great deal, but was definitely a great outing.
I know you don't generally listen to the tv announcers but I did like Jeremy Guthrie in the booth.
I also feel the success of this organization isn't based on the pitching at the major league level right now but the coaching staff's success in the minors with pitching. If they can get something out of the major league level pitching now, it is a bonus but I'm not feeling warm and fuzzy about this group.
I, too, am somewhat intrigued by Mayers. He's found himself in the league for a long time with that stuff — who knows if he's a Springs or gets sprung back to Omaha. But, at the rate the Royals' SPs are going, he deserves a shot at the Yarborough spot at a minimum.
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With the Dozier DFA Mr. Sherman has officially finished cleaning house. I was a very big Dozier supporter, but he played his best baseball long ago. The money left on the contract is meaningless because it was already spent the day they signed the contract. Move over, youth is served. No more looking back! Gi Royals!
Usually, I have something to say that has some depth. But I’ve been super busy this week and haven’t been as tuned in as I have been earlier but I am intrigued by what I’ve seen with the roster management lately. It seems like JJ made the decision to let the first 26 ride for April and see what they had for better or for worse. Q did his thing to try and make things work but he just didn’t have the horses. And since the calendar flipped JJ has been making moves and using the Omaha express to get some arms back and forth which, frankly, is a good thing because no one on this staff outside of Greinke has earned any sort of benefit of the doubt. I like the way that they used Mayers and Hernandez and the willingness to move players in the lineup.
I just don’t know what to do/think about Witt and Melendez. In a weird way, I think the Royals feel intimidated by both in a way that they didn’t with Hosmer and Moose, who seem like their closest analogues. I’m sure the Royals would love to sign Witt to a long term extension but ... why? And MJ has been worth -0.9 bWAR. So yikes.
Didn’t watch the game last night but glad you had some positive things to write about!
I was 99% sure Singer would figure it out….but even with the better results under the hood wasn’t great and now Detroit lights you up? That confidence is down to 70% or so now. I still think it happens but every outing pushes more doubt it seems like right now.
Are you a little surprised by the walks from the relievers lately? Overall, I still think they are doing better….but it seems just as bad as last year right now with the reliever group anyway. Garrett…I hope he has a trade market. I think he does…..but he better start an inning with nobody on base because it is almost a guaranteed walk right now.
On your Hunter Dozier point. I’ve heard a little bit of fear on the internet about the Dozier deal. The thing is, a 4 year 25 million deal is nothing. If you are scared to do that you shouldn’t the GM of any team. The majority of the time, assuming you can evaluate talent, you are going to come out ahead. It’s just the only “extension” the royals seem to have done in the last 4 years….so it gets so much scrutiny.