Ned Yost media session: May 8
Before wrapping up the three game series vs. the Oakland Athletics with today’s 1:10 game at Kauffman Stadium, Royals manager Ned Yost discussed with the media a few lineup changes and what to expect from today’s starting lefty, Jeff Francis. Yost commented that Billy Butler’s off-day in the lineup will give him time to relax and rest up since he has been struggling with his at-bats a bit.
“It’s a good time to take a day off…we’ve got an off day tomorrow so it gives us the benefit of two days,” Yost said.
When asked a question regarding the rare “steal of home” play, Yost replied by saying it depends on the situation. Timing is a factor for the Royals skipper as well as having all the right ingredients to execute the play with a slow wind-up pitcher and a speedy base runner.
The manager raved about Jarrod Dyson’s speed and instincts when it comes to running the bases and stealing. Dyson scored the game-winning run last night in the ninth.
“He [Dyson] has tremendous instincts, as good of base running instincts of any player I’ve ever been around…he does it on skill, he does it on courage, a lot of things that add up for him to be a dangerous weapon,” Yost said.
Jeff Francis will start on the mound for KC today with 0-3 record thus far in the season along with four no decisions. The Royals manager acknowledges that Francis has struggled a bit on location but expects Francis to keep the ball down and change speeds today. Jeff enters today’s game eighth in the league in fewest walks per 9-innings at 1.82 and tied for fifth in fewest walks per batter faced at .045.