After pitching well in his last start against the Chicago Cubs, Yordano Ventura takes the mound today against the Rangers as the Royals try to get back on track. Over his past few starts, Ventura’s stuff has been very “crisp” and he has “commanded the ball well” said Yost.
The Royals are in a “quiet bat” period, but Yost still wants to “fight the feeling to do something” as this is a team problem where as if a few players struggle you can simply move them down in the lineup. “When you have eight or nine players” who are struggling, “you stay the course” said Yost. In periods similar to this, it’s important for the Royals to stay calm “and have one good at-bat”. When players are not hitting well it puts more pressure on everybody “because I got to be the man”, said Yost, which ultimately prolongs the slump.
By Sal Defeo
The 2015 Royals Yearbook is hot off the presses! Pick up your copy at the Kauffman Stadium Team Store or order online:
After pitching a simulated game earlier this week, Royals starting pitchers Danny Duffy and Kris Medlen both feel and look good. Medlen will throw on Sunday before heading back to Arizona as he continues to build up his arm strength.
The Texas Rangers are in town for a three-game series and have been swinging the bats well. Rookie Joey Gallo will face the Royals for the first time after being called up to replace Adrian Beltre, who went on the DL last week. Gallo “has been putting the ball in play and has been producing a lot of offense, in his short period in the Majors” said Yost,. Tonight will also be the first time the Royals face Texas rookie pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez, who is making his second big league start. The scouting report on Gonzalez according to Yost is, “he’s pretty good, he’s a real heavy sinker baller, (he) keeps the ball on the ground, he’s hard to elevate, he’s got a lot of run on his fastball and a good slider”.
Regarding the Royals recent offensive slump, Yost said, “it’s all about seeing the ball, when you’re seeing the ball you can have a little more discipline when you’re at the plate, your walk rate increases and your offense is going to increase. When you’re slumping, your walk rates are decreasing and so is your offense.”
By Sal Defeo
Royals manager Ned Yost had good things to say about a pair of sidelined pitchers before the game Thursday night. “Danny Duffy and Kris Medlen are looking great in their side sessions. Duffy will probably throw another side on Saturday and be good to go. Medlen is a little ways away but things are going as planned.”
Cleveland will be starting Trevor Bauer tonight, who has posted a 4-2 record with a 2.97 ERA this season. “If we can put together good at-bats and get runners in when we should, we shouldn’t have a problem tonight. It’s when we start getting ourselves out that we have trouble.”
Yost was extremely happy with the way his team played yesterday, posting a 4-2 win over the Indians. The Royals recorded four doubles on the night, which is one less than they have had in the last five games. “Everyone in baseball gets in funks. It’s what you do to get out of them that matters,” said Yost.
By Eric Paulson
In celebration of the 2014 American League Champion Season, Royals Charities has reopened the brick program to fans who want to leave a permanent mark at the stadium. Each brick will be installed in the front walkway of Gate C at Kauffman Stadium located next to the bricks that were installed following the 2012 season.
“We are so excited to offer the Legacy Brick Program again to fans who want to remember the magical 2014 American League Championship season,” said Marie Dispenza, Director of Royals Charities. “The bricks give fans a permanent way to be a part of Kauffman Stadium and Royals history while supporting the team’s charitable foundation, Royals Charities.”
Bricks, limited-edition packages and display cases are all available for purchase. Two sizes of bricks are available (4×8 inches and 8×8 inches). The larger brick can feature one of two logos, including a limited-edition 2014 American League Champions logo. Fans can also purchase a package that includes a replica made of the same material and contains the same inscription as the installed brick. Limited-edition display cases containing the American League Champion logo can also be purchased within the package or separately.
To order, fans can go to http://www.royals.com/bricks and pick from several options. A portion of the proceeds from the Royals Charities Legacy Brick program support Royals Charities. Installation of the new brick phase will take place prior to Opening Day, 2016. Once installed, fans will receive a map to help locate their brick.
The Royals are looking to get back on track tonight, after they scored just one run and a close call didn’t go their way in last night’s loss to the Indians. “MLB admitted to me that they made the wrong call on the double play we turned. They apologized and we are over it,” Said manager Ned Yost, “As a team we had other chances to score runs and we didn’t. There’s no use blaming the whole game on that one play.”
Catcher Salvador Perez was taken out of last night’s game after getting hit on a foul tip. Yost said he had a slight headache last night but woke up feeling great. He will be getting an extra day off today to ensure he is healthy before returning to catch.
The Royals are currently going through a slight slump in their season and Yost said he hopes that they can get their hitting hot again. “We’re a streaky team. When things are going well, nobody can beat us. On the other hand, when nobody is getting any hits, we aren’t going to win games. I have complete confidence that we will start swinging the bats better, it’s just a matter of when.”
By Eric Paulson
The Royals announced announced this evening that first baseman Eric Hosmer is the Royals Majestic Player of the Month for May, while right-handed pitcher Chris Young is the club’s Pitcher of the Month. The player award is determined by a combined fan and media vote, with the pitcher award voted on by local media.
Hosmer led the Royals with a .296 average, four home runs and a .520 slugging percentage. He posted a 12-game hitting streak from May 3 to 15, batting .367. This is Hosmer’s seventh Royals Player of the Month honor since his 2011 debut.
Young is the Pitcher of the Month in his second month with the Royals. He compiled a 3-1 mark and a 1.45 ERA over six appearances, including five starts. Young held opponents to a .179 batting average, third-best among American League pitchers.
Fans have the opportunity to vote for the Royals Majestic Player of the Month all season long by visiting area Kansas Sampler and Rally House locations or the Royals Majestic Team Store at Kauffman Stadium. Participating fans will automatically be entered to win a VIP Experience package which includes an apparel prize pack, tickets to a Royals game and the opportunity to present the Player of the Month award.
The Royals and Jeremy Guthrie will be taking on the Indians and Carlos Carrasco tonight at Kauffman Stadium. Guthrie is looking to bounce back from a tough start in New York and Ned Yost said he isn’t worried about him. “New York has a short porch in right and left field. It’s completely different than pitching in Kansas City. Home runs there are fly outs here.”
Yost also implied that Danny Duffy will be throwing a simulated game on Thursday and throw on the side today. He is making progress as expected and Yost does not want to bring him back too early. Kris Medlen is also on track to coming back healthy and has thrown a few innings on the side.
“It’s good to be back from the road and we are ready to start this homestand,” said Yost, “Sometimes too many off days can be the same as too many games. We need to get our guys back on track.”
By Eric Paulson
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Thursday, June 4: 441 or 412-29
Friday, June 5: Dish 443 or 9518
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The Royals return to action tonight in a 7:10 start vs. Cleveland. On Monday, several current Royals and alums participated in the annual Royals Charities Celebrity Golf Tournament, with proceeds going to Special Olympics KC Metro. Let’s take a look:
Leading off, Alcides Escobar!
Up second, Mike Moustakas!
Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez:
Reliever Wade Davis: