Kicking and screaming
Yost expects tonight’s matchup between premier pitchers Jake Peavy and Zack Greinke to be interesting for everyone. Yost described Peavy as a fearless competitor and admitted he loves watching Peavy on the mound, especially when the pitcher screams and yells at himself.
Give ’em a break
The Royals will again have a different starting lineup in tonight’s game. Yost said the changes were not made because of injuries, but rather were meant to give players rest from the summer heat. He added that tonight will be the first day of rest for outfielder David DeJesus since his son was born on May 25.
Things are looking up
Yost also discussed the play of the infield, saying that it has been good and is only getting better. He credits Eddie Rodriguez with helping develop Mike Aviles’ skills at second base. Additionally, Yost has been impressed with the corners, stating that Billy Butler has done great at first and Alberto Callaspo has been fantastic at third.
The Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame Dugout Theater Film has won a 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award. The award, presented bi-annually by CINE, recognizes high-quality film production that is clear, concise and innovative in its structure and writing, with strong visuals, sound elements, and editing. CINE presents the award to films in 32 categories among nearly 1,000 nominated entries and the winners are chosen by over 400 jurors nationwide.
The Royals award-winning 15-minute film documents the history of baseball in Kansas City on a 36-foot long movie screen.
If you haven’t been out to the Royals Hall of Fame recently, be sure to stop by. Several new exhibits are now on display!
It’s not over ’til it’s over
So far this season, the Royals have scored 28 times with two outs and no runners on. According to Yost, this statistic is a good indication of the offense’s attitude and understanding that an inning isn’t over until there are three outs. Yost takes no credit for the headstrong attitude, but instead says it is just a mindset ingrained in the players themselves.
Hoping for a Banny repeat
In tonight’s game vs. the White Sox, Yost hopes to see starting pitcher Brian Bannister do what he did in his last outing against the Nationals when he went 6.0 innings, giving up five hits and no runs. Yost believes Bannister will have another successful start if he keeps the ball down, which he can do very well with his cutting fastball and sinking changeup.
Wilson Betemit is back in the lineup for the second time in three games, a move Yost made because of Betemit’s hot bat and power potential. Not in the lineup for the third straight contest is Mitch Maier, but Yost had nothing but positive things to say about the outfielder.
Yesterday, pitcher Bruce Chen and infielder Chris Getz were guest instructors at The Baseball Ability Camp, a clinic sponsored by the National Sports Center for the Disabled and the Royals. The free camp allowed kids from 6 to 18 to experience baseball first hand. Bruce and Chris were a hit with the campers and the volunteers!
For more information on the National Sports Center for the Disabled and to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.nscd.org
Here’s your lineup: (Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – CF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – RF), (Callaspo – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Betemit – DH), (Betancourt – SS), (Bannister – P)
Although Yost is quite aware that Chicago is playing excellent baseball and has won 11 of its last 12 games, he said he doesn’t view any team as more or less of a challenge. He added that the Royals think they’re playing pretty good as well, so tonight’s contest should just be a chance to compete against a hot team.
The bullpen is continuing to do a nice job without suffering any major setbacks. Yost believes the success is in large part due to the relievers knowing their roles and knowing at what point they may enter the game, which helps them get mentally prepared. Since Yost has taken over as manager, relievers have thrown off a mound every day instead of just playing catch or throwing off flat ground. Yost believes making the change was a no-brainer because the pitchers can now practice their craft everyday and work on their mechanics and control in a game-like situation. He believes Robinson Tejeda’s success is a prime example of the positive results the change was meant to yield. Yost added that the players don’t overexert themselves, but rather just get loose for the game.
Yost likes what he sees when it comes to Anthony Lerew’s ability to command his changeup and keep hitters off balance. He also likes Lerew’s ability to go deep into games and keep the team in contests.
For tonight’s game, Yost is expecting Mark Buehrle to not mess around and come right at hitters. Yost said Buehrle is a true pitcher who has a great tempo and allows his teammates to work by not trying to strike every batter out. Yost believes the key for the Royals is to be patiently aggressive, meaning he wants players to wait for their pitch and jump all over it when it comes. Also, he wants his players to maintain their own rhythm rather than letting the speedy Buehrle dictate it for them.
It’s Hy-Vee Royal Nite! Seats in the Hy-Vee Infield, Hy-Vee View and Hy-Vee Box sections are just $5! The Royals are facing Chicago left-hander Mark Buehrle in the 7:10 start.
Here’s your lineup: (Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – RF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Bloomquist – CF), (Betancourt – SS), (Lerew – P)
The word on Bruce
Yost believes today’s starting pitcher Bruce Chen has done a nice job in 2010 thus far. Chen’s secret to success hasn’t just been his command, but also the way he keeps hitters off balance and changes speeds and eye levels. Yost argues that there’s a difference between someone who stands on the mound and throws and someone who is a pitcher, and he believes Chen is definitely the latter.
A work in progress
Although Yost worked for the organization before taking over the manager position, he said it still takes time, a couple weeks to a month, to get to know players on a personal level and figure out what makes them tick. He said he has tried to really study and watch players in order to find out what they focus on and don’t focus on. In general, Yost takes a mixed approach when it comes to treatment of his players. He claimed that while most rules apply to everyone, he still tries to treat everyone as individuals. The main rule he is concerned with is simply maintaining a high standard of play. The manager expects everyone to give all they have each day.
Feeling at home
Yost had nothing but positive things to say about his experience with the Royals. He thinks he has a great group of players who have the desire to win, and he is also very fond of Kansas City and Kauffman Stadium.
Here’s a look at Jose Guillen’s single in the eighth yesterday, which extended his hitting streak to 20 games. It’s the seventh time a Royal has had a 20+ game hitting streak. Let’s take a look at the list:
30 George Brett July 18-Aug. 18, 1980
27 Jose Offerman July 11-Aug. 7, 1998
25 (2x) George Brett Sept. 27, 1982-May 8, 1983
Mike Sweeney July 18-Aug. 13, 1999
22 Brian McRae July 20-Aug. 13, 1991
21 Rey Sanchez May 11-June 3, 2001
20 Jose Guillen June 4, 2010 to current
Kansas City looks to take the series today – it’s a 1:10 start vs. St. Louis. The first 20,000 fans will receive a Salute to the 1985 World Series Poster, presented by James Printing. Frank White autographed select posters, so take a close look at yours when you receive it at the gate!
Here’s your lineup: (Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – CF), (Butler – DH), (Guillen – RF), (Callaspo – 3B), (Aviles – SS), (Betemit – 1B), (Bloomquist – 2B), (Chen – P)