The Royals will have their roster set in around two weeks. Until then there is still plenty of competition in camp, but it’s looking like there are a few relief pitchers separating themselves from the pack. The Royals faced Madison Bumgarner on Monday. That’s enough of that. We don’t have any interest in facing him at any time.
Here is your daily Dr. Feelgood…
Royals 4, Arizona 4
Only in Spring Training and during the All-Star break can you end a baseball game in a tie. That’s exactly what happened Monday. The Royals and Arizona Diamondbacks tied 4-4 after both teams scored a run in the eighth and then again in the ninth.
Bubba Starling continues to swing the bat well. He led off the game with a double off of Madison Bumgarner. The Royals weren’t able to score on Bumgarner in his 3 2/3 innings but that’s nothing new.
Kyle Isbel is really intriguing. He had an inside-the-park home run Monday. I don’t see him making the major league team out of Spring Training but I have been wrong before.
Ryan O’Hearn and Ryan McBroom both had a hit again on Monday. O’Hearn’s hit was a home run. The Royals have talked about the idea of keeping both on the roster. That might not be a bad idea, at least out of the gate, since both are on fire. They can always demote one when they cool off.
Mike Montgomery allowed four hits and two runs in four innings. He is one of the four starting pitchers seemingly locked into the rotation so he’s just getting ready for the season.
Greg Holland, Trevor Rosenthal, Josh Staumont continued their hot spring pitching. Holland is probably the least attractive of the three simply because his fastball doesn’t have the velocity of the other two. But Holland has experience on his side which gives him a leg up on Staumont. If the Royals only keep two of the three, Staumont would likely be the odd man out simply because he has two options remaining.
Jorge Lopez gets the start against the Oakland Athletics In one of the two games on Tuesday. Lopez is in the battle for the fifth spot in the rotation. Brad Keller starts in the other game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
– Brady Singer will get at least one more start in Spring Training. He is starting the game on Wednesday.
IN THE NEWS…
– Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander will be shut down for an unspecified period of time due to a strained lat muscle. It is unknown whether or not he will be ready for opening day.
– Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer will join the NBA and NHL and close clubhouses to media due to the coronavirus.
– The NFLPA has delayed the deadline for voting on the proposed CBA until Saturday at 11 pm.
– Francisco Lindor cut off contract negotiations with the Cleveland Indians because the two sides were not close on an extension.
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