The tall righty has shown quite a bit to the Royals over the last few weeks.
3 series wins in a row! Another game that highlights the fact that there are pieces in this team to build around.
I wonder if they'll try to shift McArthur back to the starter's role with his addition of a 4th pitch. Sending him to the pen made sense this year to get him up to the majors and to fill one of the many holes there, but a guy throwing 4 pitches really doesn't fit the typical mold for a closer/high leverage guy.
Good to see some promise out of the bullpen. Hopefully fewer new arms needed for next year.
Yeah, I'm just excited about this team. The fact that these Royals could win with a 1-run lead, that just made me cheer long and loud! I'm wondering if McArthur might stretch into a starter, or a long/bulk reliever.
I'd like to just say that this season has been a turd sandwich! Good in March and September, but oh what we had in between.
So, this really has nothing to do with McArthur……he’s been a nice surprise here. But just in general, I’m really not all that worried about the bullpen. And yes, that may be written with stupidity but if I’ve seen anything over and over and over again it is that guys will step up find a role in the bullpen. It may only be for a year, it may be for multiple years….but there will be more McArthurs if you keep finding guys with stuff and tweaking them. There will be more Coleman’s as well where you think it should work but doesn’t for whatever reason. I think McArthur is a positive step already for the coaching staff as it is showing it can improve a guy with some adjustments. I understand that I just wrote that and the bullpen has been a dumpster fire since the all-star break…but I think we are starting to find some guys step up and take advantage of an opportunity. Now, that doesn’t mean that necessarily translates into next year but it does make you feel a little better.
Nice win last night, McArthur was fun to watch. He feels like the 8th inning guy to me rather than the closer but obviously all depends on whether they pick up a real closer. On this homestand only managed to get out to the K on Sunday, which obviously was not the best timing. But the weather was great.
Three straight series wins and one series win was against the defending World Series champions! We are also scoring runs much more consistently the past month as well.
I still see a need for 1-2 bats for next year but need to find starters behind Ragans. Was glad to see Singer shut down and he really needs a weightlifting and running program over the winter to increase his endurance!!!
I never thought I'd see this team get to a point where they won one-third of their games overall, particularly after they were 29-75, but here were are: they're 51-102. Kudos to Zerpa for cleaning up and finishing this game today. Always good to get a sweep, but Cleveland looks like they're packing it in for the winter. Detroit and the Yankees might, too (probably not Detroit so much).
Houston will be playing hard, because they've got everything on the line, but man, they've been pretty wretched the last couple weeks.
FINALLY! SOME LEGIT CHANGE IN THE FRONT OFFICE!
Have to wonder if a high school catcher with the 8th pick wasn’t really Picollo’s pick after all…….lol
MJ has a 98th Avg Exit Velocity, and a 92nd percentile hard hit percentage. Disappointing season, but I hope he's back for a third year and figures it out for an entire season. Those batted ball stats do give you some hope that me might be a valuable offensive player. He doesn't look as bad as has defensive stats reflect, and even those do show an above average arm.
Yeah, trade him for Cole Ragan's twin. I'm good with that.
Definitely some encouraging signs in the second half, pitching and hitting. Great to see but still holding my breath for more sustained success next year for some of these guys. Looks like the FO moves have started, can't wait to read your opinions on them!
Sometimes baseball fandom is about the feel as much as the stats. And what I know is that when Clarke and Hernandez are in high-leverage situations and something goes wrong, I’m physically nauseated. Because I know they won’t recover in time, if at all. When McArthur came in, I just relaxed all over, despite the fact that it absolutely should have resulted in a blown lead that wasn’t his fault.
And now beloved former Royal Chris Getz gets the last laugh swiping beloved former Royal Brian Bannister right out from under us..Really? As if watching him play 332 games for the Royals wasnt enough..He's relentless!
David, I hope you are writing tomorrow about the new scouting director. As much as it’s a positive I heard the prev scouting director (name escaping me) is getting a promotion….nothing against him…but that dampers things quite a bit for me. Addition is good….but addition with some subtraction is the right combination here in the front office.