The Royals weren't nearly as good on the field as they looked.
Did Greinke call his own pitches yesterday? I couldn't watch until after he left, but would make sense in the change in pitch mix.
Those sliders Greinke was throwing were borderline illegal. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing a lot more of that!
I've mentioned before that sometimes Zack looks like a guy conducting physics experiments involving a baseball. The old saying is that in baseball you never know what you might see from one game to the next. In Zack's case you never know what you might see from one pitch to the next.
Like you I'm unconvinced that he can pitch effectively all season long. But it will probably be fun to watch him try!
I was glad to see that Carlos Hernandez got his velocity back. He can be nasty when he locates that fastball!
Like you I was glad to see BWJ walk twice. But let's be honest about this: his second walk came on a "ball 4" that could have and probably should have been a called strike.
Still I'm hopeful that he can get his walk rate up this year. Otherwise his OB% will remain mired in averageness at best.
A couple of things I noted I'm watching the game from home:
MJ made a really nice play on the foul ball. I know he had a rough day but that was encouraging.
Rex gave Isbell a hard time for diving for the Buxton triple, suggesting he could have been held to a triple, but I don't see how. He could have held him to a double by playing it off the wall, maybe. It was just a well placed drive from a fast dude.
Just another thought about BWJ's OB%...
He'll probably have one or two seasons where his BABIP is unusually high and his overall BA is around .300. But he seems to me like a guy whose BA is normally going to live in the .265 to .280 range, and not much more than that because of all the swings and misses.
Theoretically he could cut down on the swings and misses but that would probably cost him a lot of XBH as he focuses more on contact than on hard contact. It's unlikely that the juice would be worth the squeeze.
So for him drawing a lot of walks will be crucial if he wants to get his OB% up to a respectable level.
Agree? Disagree? Am I missing something?
It’s very mature…but I don’t have a whole lot to take away from yesterday’s game to be honest. Didn’t love that Garrett and Coleman struggled with the zone…but that’s a little of what you get with them. You gave up 2 runs so nothing really to write about there. Have to see more before worry about the offense yet…but it is a little reminder it isn’t Spring Training anymore. I think maybe the only take away I took from it was that I wanted Lopez on my team. He’s a legit good pitcher…and it was a little reminder that the Royals didn’t go get him when (I think they could have) they had the chance.
Good read thank you. I love that Greinke is constantly improving his arsenal, I hope he gets all those extra strikeouts this year. Pitching keeping twins to 2 runs is great, so theoretically should have been a win. (a little nervous for lyles and Keller but here we go). Great crowd and opening day jitters could get even the most veteran of players to flub a few, so I am chalking MJ performance up to that. I have been a little wary of Vinnies current hitting, but maybe that gives Pratto a call up, and I do think the Pasquatch will return to form and exceed it soon enough. I liked Lovelady, but the tweet thing did take a little shine off for me as he is just coming back from Tommy John. That being said I am glad Twitter and Facebook weren't around in my twenties. I kind of wondered if some trade thing was happening as it took them so long to post final roster (and yes Sherman throwing an extra half billion in and some crazy Ohtani deal did cross my opening day hopeful dreams)
I know it's only one inning, but if you had told me to watch Hernandez because he's a top 5 reliever in the league, I would have believed you. He looked like a future closer with the tempo and heat he brought.
Well one can definitely tell Opening Day ranks highly for you. Absolutely fantastic break down. Didnt go our way but I appreciate you highlighting the positives. Also spot on with Lovelady. Cant help but be a little bummed it didn't work out. Hate to speculate on personalities, but it just seemed this was a poor match from the beginning. Than an injury. Hope he gets the chance he deserves in ATL.
I'm curious to see how Vinny looks this weekend. I was a little concerned with his Spring. Not based on numbers, but like you said, he seems to be pressing a bit. I fully believe in his bat, but I also think their has been a lot of pressure put on him to be great. A lot of media appearances in the offseason, a lot of expectations he has for himself. Hopefully he can work through all that and just be himself.
Woof. David….I’ve seen enough through 1.5 games to know that our defense is NOT going to be good. Can Isbel not throw out a runner at home from 10 feet from the infield grass after Witt completely botches an easy out at third. WOOF
David, my wife doesn’t care about baseball so I have no outlet. Here are my observations after watching every pitch of 2 full games. No response back necessary. Lol
Love the pitch clock. Thank you MLB for not wasting as much of my time on useless actions. Love it. About time. While the Royals have only given up 4 runs….they have been quite fortunate. The Twins have looked like the better team both games. Defense….it is possible it could be worse than we thought? Offense, they will be fine. They were much better yesterday than game 1. Now, will they be an above average offense? My confidence may be wavering a bit already on that…but they will still be an average offense. Give the pitching coach a raise already. Not because of the starters…like i said, they could have easily lost 6-0 both games….but the bullpen. If THAT Chapman is the one we see most of the year you saw a solution and found it for him. This will be ok fellas. Unfortunately probably not this year…but we are moving in the right direction! Royals record for starting the year with scoreless streak at 18 in franchise history. This….this….is why I really struggle…I want to…but I just can’t believe spring stats no matter how much I’m told they are ok to believe. They just find a way to remind me every year that come game 1…it isn’t spring anymore.