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Trey Hillman Media Session: Zack Greinke, John Bale

Nice to meet you Mr. Greinke

The Minnesota Twins, it would seem, have hit the schedule lottery by not facing Royals ace Zack Greinke in 14 games so far this season.  That all comes to an end tomorrow when Greinke will face Francisco Liriano and the Minnesota Twins at 1:10.  Remember the game is not on TV, so you’re only chance to catch it is at Kauffman Stadium on person.  Manager Trey Hillman was asked who has the advantage when a team has not faced a pitcher before, the opposing team or the pitcher in question.  “I think clearly the pitcher has the distinct advantage in this case, you can watch all the video you want on someone and do your homework on them, but it’s not the same as facing them live.  When a pitcher has not been seen by the opposing team, it takes a while for the batters to get their timing down and get comfortable in the box.  It can take some guys an at-bat and others will never figure it out, plus we are talking about Zack, he is not the easiest pitcher to hit against.”

John Bale

Royals pitcher John Bale has been progressing nicely from his sore right hamstring that has kept him out of the line-up for a couple of weeks now.  So much so, that his earlier prognosis of possibly shutting it down for the rest of the season has been upgraded to probable beginning with Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees.  He will be evaluated this afternoon and if everything goes well, he will be traveling with the team on Sunday night to New York.  “We are going to be very cautious with John, we just hope he doesn’t have to end the season on the DL,” said Hillman.

Trey Hillman Media Session: September 22

Sir Zack Greinke

With Royals pitcher Zack Greinke getting the nod tonight against the Boston Red Sox, how concerned or cautious is manager Trey Hillman going to be with his ace so soon after being struck by a line-drive off the bat of Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera?  “There are a few more factors involved now with Zack, we might be a little tentative with him, but it ultimately comes down to trusting that Zack will let us know how he feels.  He has never given me a reason to doubt him, be it his ability or the seriousness of his health.  Zack knows his body so we don’t have to pull teeth to get an honest answer out of that kid.  He does not waver, his mentality does not change, and you always know what you are going to get from him both mentally and physically,” exclaimed Hillman.

The Same Yet So Different

The end of the season is shaping up to look eerily similar to that of the 2008 season.  Hillman agrees, but says to a certain extent there are some differences.  “In both years we were trying to leave a good taste in our mouths going into the offseason.  We have stayed consistent, worked hard, and not quit in both years.  However, this season has been much more challenging bringing on more difficult situations and more strenuous circumstances.  The injuries that have plagued us make this year’s final push much more different then last year’s.  The result hopefully will be the same, good baseball, hard work, and a consistent effort every night, but you never know, you just play as hard as you can.”

Trey Hillman Media Session: Greinke's Cy chances, Wakefield's knuckleball

Cy Young Support

Manager Trey Hillman was asked about his stance on the possibility of his ace (Zack Greinke) receiving the Cy Young award in the American League this season.  “I am a little prejudiced here, but I have not seen anyone this season pitch as well as Zack has.  I by no means have seen every contender for the award pitch this season, but what Zack has done this year is incredible.  Both mentally and physically, I think he has separated himself from every other pitcher in the league.  As every start nears, I look forward to the opportunity he has to garner more acclaim and make more believers out of people.  I hope his lack of run support does not diminish his chances of winning, this is an individual award, and he should not have to suffer because of our lack of run production.”

Knuckleball 101 

So what do you do when Tim Wakefield comes to town to face your team? “It isn’t easy man, when a knuckleball pitcher is on it is extremely difficult to manufacture runs.  You do the best you can, taking an attack approach while simultaneously trying for a middle of the field approach.  It’s tough because there has to be some sort of batting adjustment, meaning you will have to compromise your stance a little.  Most players are unwilling or not comfortable with that so the advantage goes to the pitcher, he already has you off balance.  When the ball is moving all over the place, fluttering, and sinking like a rock, you just hope for the best,” said Hillman.

Billy Butler, A.L. Player of the Week, again!

9-3 Butler.jpgCongratulations to Billy Butler, the American League Player of the Week for September 7-13.

Billy batted .419 (13-31) while leading the Majors with 13 hits and 12 RBI last week.  He tied for the Major League lead with five doubles. 

On September 9, Billy collected three doubles in a game for the fourth time this season.  According to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to have four games with three doubles in the same season. 

This is Butler’s second A.L. Player of the Week award this season.  Zack Greinke has also won the award twice in 2009.

Pitcher Kyle Davies received consideration for this week’s award after going 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA. 

Trey Hillman Media Session: September 10

Gil Meche

Royals starter Gil Meche has inflammation in his right shoulder possibly leading him to have made his last appearance of the 2009 season.  “We are going to continue to treat Gil as if he will pitch again this season, however it is quite possible he will not pitch again this year.  I am going to monitor how his throwing and catching sessions go and we will see how his body responds to the activity.  On a side note, Brian Bannister is going to New York to get a second opinion on his right shoulder, which is quite customary for injured athletes.  There is absolutely no timetable for Bannister’s return,” manager Trey Hillman stated.

What Can I do!

A reporter asked a wonderful question this afternoon, is there anything Hillman can do to try and improve his ace’s (Zack Greinke) chances of attaining the Cy Young Award this season?  “What a tremendous honor and accomplishment it would be for Zack, but this is still a team and I am not going to juggle my schedule to adhere to the possibilities of one individual.  If there is something in my power with regards to a line-up, etc, I might do something like that, but I am not going to rearrange our priorities for the possibility of one player winning a post season award.  No one is pulling for Zack more then me, I have a lot of pride and affection for him, but I don’t want to diminish anything we have done this season as a team or organization.

Zack Greinke named A.L. Player of the Week (again!)


6-25 Greinke.jpgZack Greinke
has been named the American League Player of the Week for the second time this season.

The 25-year-old went 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA and a Major League-leading 20 strikeouts for the week.

He fanned 15 batters on Tuesday, besting Mark Gubicza’s club record from 1988.  Greinke’s 10th ‘K’ was the 700th of this career.  It marked the eighth time in his career that he has reached 10 or more strikeouts in a game.

Greinke’s encore performance on Sunday was equally impressive.  He became the first Royal since Gubicza in 1995 to record a one-hitter as he limited the Mariners to a walk and a single, both in the second inning.  Greinke followed that by retiring 22 straight batters as he joined Vida Blue, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers since 1900 to have a 15-strikeout game followed by a one-hitter.

Congratulations to Zack on another great achievement!

Zack Greinke retires 22 in a row, tosses one-hitter vs. M's

7-29 Greinke.jpgLast Tuesday, Zack Greinke surpassed Mark Gubicza’s club record by recording 15 strikeouts in a game.  Today, Gubie’s name came up again as Zack became the first Royals pitcher to throw a one-hitter since Gubicza in 1995.  Only two Mariners reached base today, both in the second inning (Bill Hall on a walk and Kenji Johjima with a single), as the Royals won, 3-0.

This is the 19th time that a Royals pitcher has thrown a one-hitter (to go along with four no-hitters).  Congratulations to Zack on another amazing outing!

Zack also became the fourth pitcher in Royals history to record 200 or more strikeouts in a season.  He has 202 strikeouts on the year.

Congratulations to Zack and Mitch!


9-3 Greinke.jpgZack Greinke’s
record-setting season continued tonight in a 6-2 Kansas City win as he set a franchise mark with 15 strikeouts, breaking Mark Gubicza’s record of 14 from August 27, 1988.  Zack moved all the way from 14th on the single-season franchise list with 182 to fifth with 197.  He is one K shy of fourth place (Steve Busby, 198 in 1974) and three strikeouts away from being the fourth pitcher in franchise history to record 200 strikeouts in a season.

Mitch Maier hit his first Major League home run in the seventh inning (304th at-bat).  The Michigan native has batted .333 (21-for-63) over his last 22 games.

Congratulations to Zack on the franchise record and to Mitch for hitting his first home run!

Trey Hillman Media Session: Greinke, Anderson

Rain or Shine

Zack Greinke has one win in his last nine starts, so you think he’d be pretty uptight and difficult to be around, right?  According to manager Trey Hillman, his star pitcher is the exact same today as he was in April when he was attempting to rewrite the record books.  “Zack is exactly the same person right now as he was early in the season, same temperament, demeanor, attitude, work ethic, character.  Whether we are winning or losing, you know what you are going to get from Zack.  He’s a professional who comes to win every time he takes the mound, no matter what his record indicates,” Hillman stated.

Anderson in Center 

Royals outfielder and newcomer to the team Josh Anderson will take over in centerfield tonight. “We want to see him in center tonight, he’s been doing really well in practice and we think he is familiar enough now with the dimensions that it will translate onto the field.  It’s the right time to see what Josh can do out there in centerfield,” Hillman said.

Way to go, Zack!

Zack Greinke had a great inning in his All-Star debut. A popup, a pair of K’s and Joe Buck described his stuff as ‘filthy’.  Nice job, Zack!

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