Ned Yost media session: August 10, 2014
The Royals will look for their second consecutive series sweep on Sunday afternoon when they face veteran right-hander Tim Lincecum, making his second career start vs. Kansas City.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner has seen his velocity diminish over the course of the last few years, but his unique delivery still presents a challenge to opposing hitters.
“It’s funky,” said manager Ned Yost. “There’s a lot of moving parts to it. He used to be a guy that really threw hard. He’s more command now. He’s 91-92 (MPH) [and] he relies on his deception in his delivery and chase pitches, throws a lot of splits in the dirt. Those are all things we’re going to have to try to lay off of.”
Yost expects his hitters to lock in after the first time through the order.
“They’ll see it after the first time,” he said. “You just stay focused on the release point and you’ll be in pretty good shape.”