Ned Yost media session: September 22
Ned Yost met with the media before tonight’s game vs. Cleveland. The topic of discussion was pitching. Francisley Bueno, who came into spring training this year as an unknown, has been very effective as a reliever. Yost said, “With guys in the pen, they have to earn their appearances and Bueno has done just that. We put him in a situation and he’s had success, and as long as he continues to have success like he does, he will continue to (earn) more situations. He has done a good job.” He followed with, “The thing I like about him is he comes in and is ahead in the count, he’s throwing strikes, he has a decent breaking ball, he’s gets righties out just as effectively as he does lefties and he has just done a good job.”
Left-hander reliever Tim Collins has not been as effective recently as he usually is. “He hasn’t been as sharp. His stuff is still good, but he is behind in the count and struggling with command, especially with his fastball and his curveball,” said Yost. With Collins not being as effective it has created more opportunities for Bueno.
Jake Odorizzi will be taking the mound in the final game of the Cleveland game tomorrow to wrap up the nine-game homestand. Many Royals fans are excited for his debut. Yost said, “I am excited, but I don’t want to get this thing all hyped up. It is his first Major League start and we are excited to see him, but we are not expecting anything out of him. We want him to just go out and get it over with. The first Major League start, there is a lifetime built up to get to that point. What I want him to do is to go out and get it done. The main objective I think for me is for him to come in here and get a start, maybe two, so he has that experience to go into next season.” Yost followed with, “It is a big experience (getting starts under your belt), look what it did for Will Smith (tonight’s starting pitcher). He came up made three starts, went back down and came back up a little bit of a different pitcher. You have to experience and understand what it is like for a little bit and then you can start making progress. So I just want him (Odorizzi) to go out and make it through it.”