Each team had an easy win after an early explosion, but one of the two bottom-feeders almost lost theirs.
Definitely something is not right with Singer. He needs to be completely evaluated from a health standpoint and put on a weightlifting regimen over the winter to build his strength and endurance. I also believe that his trade value is negligible!
Really too bad about Singer tanking here at the end. I had high hopes they'd be able to turn him around for a couple solid building blocks, but now it looks like there choices are to, at best, trade him for another player with "potential" who's having similar problems living up to it and might benefit from a change of scenery or to hope they can fix him and maybe get an unreliable middle/back of the rotation pitcher out of him, still (or hope he can return to decent and trade him before the deadline next year, I guess).
A lot of your issues of players decline sounds like things the staff should be seeing and fixing. Porter looks much better behind the plate than Fermin. Knows how to frame a ball and got calls in the tight strike zone. Witts struggles may be that there is no threat behind him in the order. Is Perez part of this teams future or not, the best he is going to be anywhere is a part time DH. Melendez is never going to get better than a mediocre player both offensively or defensively unless he gets a opportunity with another team
That second game was a hard pill to swallow, even though we won in the end. I couldn’t watch the late innings because I was so sure we’d blow it, between Carlos and Clarke. Lyles is just ... wow. He can look so good for so long, but when the wheels come off, over the cliff we go.
This is a small, non-baseball thing, but Ryan Lefebvre was driving me nuts last night. I realize it’s easy to pick someone apart when they’re speaking hundreds of thousands of words per night and it was a VERY long day, but he must have said “two walks and a hit batter” at least 6 times when there were two HBP and a walk in the first. He called Deivi Garcia by absolutely the wrong name when he came out and told us Luis Robert was a big threat in the 9th because he had 35 RBI (not 35 homers).
Agree completely there is no need for Singer to pitch anymore this year. I’m struggling to stay positive with the Royals today actually. Singer with a 90-91 mph is nothing more than a 5 era guy back of the rotation piece. As a guy who I’ve never seen change in his entire time…good, bad, or indifferent, he has to change if he wants to survive at 91. I’m not saying it’s anyone’s fault, but I’m just saying it sure seems like another missed opportunity to get help back if the Reds or whoever actually were interested. Hernandez has apparently decided he doesn’t want to pitch exactly after the all star break, Singer looks terrible. I really do hope it is just injury. But the average fastball being down this year is a big, big problem. I’m not saying he can’t get it back (Ragans has proven you can yet at 26 or so) but he isn’t getting any younger and is supposed to be in his pitching prime right now. IDK, today is a struggle to see the bright spots.
I hadn't even thought about the fact that someone was probably telling him to correct himself. He actually did correct himself one time in the middle innings, but then later on went right back to claiming the Royals were gifted two walks and a HBP in the first. It probably irritated more than it should have because of the situation, though. I wonder what the stats are on giving up a 9-run lead in the middle innings (whether teams usually win or lose after that).
Like your thought of seeing new guys over Singer. I am really only tuning in now and enduring the pain so I can see 1)what the new guys can do and 2) if Bobby can get 30-50. It was fun to see Porter get some hits and agree with Greg that it looked like he may be decent at pitch framing