Ned Yost media session: June 27, 2014
Lorenzo Cain will lead off for the fifth consecutive game tonight as the Royals open a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Ned Yost has liked what he has seen from Cain out of the leadoff spot and with Nori Aoki on the disabled list until at least July 5, Cain should continue to start atop Yost’s lineup card.
The injury to Aoki has allowed Jarrod Dyson to see more playing time and he has made the most of the opportunity. Dyson homered for the first time this season on Wednesday and has turned in several key defensive plays, taking extra bases away from multiple hitters. Yost said he’s looking for consistency from Dyson, both on the field and health-wise, during Aoki’s absence. Tonight’s outfield features Dyson in center, Cain in right and Alex Gordon in left, one of the better defensive outfields for any team in the Majors. Cain ranks third among qualifying Major League outfielders in zone rating, trailing only Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton and Mike Trout of the Angels. Dyson’s zone rating is better than Hamilton, Trout, or Cain, however, he doesn’t have qualify for the leaderboard. And Gordon, as you know, has three Rawlings Gold Gloves.
Over the past week or so, Yost said his team has not gotten the breaks they did during their recent 10-game winning streak. Bounces went against Kansas City in the Mariners and Dodgers series, Yost said, but acknowledged that’s how things go over the course of a long season.
By Nate Rowan