Ned Yost media session: May 19, 2014
After one of its largest scoring outbursts of the season, Kansas City will look to stay hot with the bats against the Chicago White Sox and Liberty, Mo., native Scott Carroll on Monday. Manager Ned Yost said that establishing offensive consistency will take everyone.
“It takes 1-9 to be consistent for the most part,” he said. “You’ve got to have your guys get on base and have your run producers drive them in. It’s about capturing bases. Consistent offenses capture bases any way they can: walks, errors, hit by pitch, base hits. The majority of every game, if you go back and look at who got on base the most, generally, they won. It’s all about getting on base.”
As for Carroll, the 29-year-old right-hander comes into his homecoming matchup with a 1-3 mark and a 5.24 ERA in four starts for the White Sox.
“We haven’t seen him but we’ve watched video on him,” said Yost. “He’s a guy that they like a lot over there. He’s got decent stuff. His numbers right now are not great, but they’ve got a very good offensive team and they can put numbers up on you. He’s a guy that we’re going to have to stay patient with and when we get a pitch we’re going to have to take advantage of it.”
Designated hitter Billy Butler will be among those looked upon to take advantage of the Chicago hurler just one day removed from his best offensive performance of the season. Butler went 3-for-4 on Sunday, singling home the game’s first run and launching a double into the right-centerfield gap. Yost said that Butler, along with hitting coach Pedro Grifol, discovered a mechanical flaw in Butler’s swing days ago that ultimately led to the breakout.
“Billy’s strength is gap to gap,” said Yost. “He’s a guy that can use all three fields to be productive. He just had a little mechanical adjustment that he needed to make. He and Pedro figured out what it was a couple of days ago and he’s been swinging the bat much, much better ever since.”
The Royals will look to veteran Jason Vargas to keep the ball rolling. The lefty is coming off of back-to-back victories in starts vs. Seattle and Colorado.
“We had a pretty good idea what we were getting in Vargas,” said Yost. “A veteran pitcher that commands the ball. An innings eater and a guy that is a real competitor and he has been all of that. He can throw the fastball, in, out, and his change-up is tremendous. When he has his change-up going he can rack up a lot of strikeouts.”