The Chiefs were given their Super Bowl rings Tuesday night in a ceremony held on the field at Arrowhead Stadium. Opening Day is just over a week away. The Chiefs host the Houston Texans.
So now you know. Here is today’s Dr. Feelgood.
The Royals are going with a six man rotation over their current 17-game stretch. This makes no sense when you consider what the team is gong through right now.
Royals starting pitchers are struggling to go very far in games this season. That means the bullpen is having to cover a lot of innings. So what do you want to do when the bullpen is taxed? Of course, you want to add a pitcher to the rotation.
Here is what we know. The starting pitchers aren’t going very far in games. And now they will have an extra day of rest when they aren’t getting enough work as it is. And the bullpen, which has pitched a lot this season, will either have one less person or at least not add a person to give it more depth.
Here is something else to remember. Part of the reason the starting pitchers aren’t gong very far in games is because the organization decided to treat this 60-game season as the playoffs. Mike Matheny had a quick hook from the very first game. That means fewer innings for starters and more for the bullpen. Is that the entire reason for short starts? Absolutely not. But it is a contributing factor. You could argue that this was the correct approach but not if it means you wear out your bullpen.
The Royals don’t have a lot of good options for the rotation. Going to the six-man rotation gives them another spot to fill when they are struggling filling five spots.
I don’t understand Dayton Moore’s thought process with the six man rotation. It just doesn’t make any sense. I have tried to look for anything to explain it and I can’t. For me, this is the wrong approach. The five man rotation is bad. The six man rotation is worse.
Royals lost 10-1 vs Cleveland
7:05pm – FSKC – Cleveland Indians (Triston McKenzie, 1-0, 2.70) at Kansas City Royals (Jakob Junis, 0-0, 4.26)
The Royals lost 10-1 at home against the Cleveland Indians.
Matt Harvey does not appear to be the answer for a rotation spot but his poor outing in this game gave us a chance to se the debut of Carlos Hernandez. Hernandez is a big kid and looked pretty good. It’s too early to say how good he will be but it certainly kept me tuned into what was otherwise an ugly game.
Player of the Game
Carlos Hernandez made his major league debut when he replaced Matt Harvey on the mound in the second inning. Hernandez went 3 2/3 innings and didn’t allow a run. He allowed two hits and one walk to go with two strikeouts. Hernandez threw 28 strikes in 50 pitches.
The game started off bad. Matt Harvey struggled and the Royals were never in it.
Room for Improvement
The Matt Harvey experiment isn’t looking good right now. The Royals are not battling for a playoff spot so it’s not awful. In fact, it might help improve the team’s draft spot next year. And there is no reason why they should let him go during the season. What the Royals might want to do is try him for one inning coming out of the bullpen. You would have to get Harvey’s buy-in because he might want to walk after the season as a starting pitcher. It’s a tough situation for both Harvey and the team but there is no reason to rush any decision with him.
Adalberto Mondesi was benched for this game. He needs to sit back and just watch and remove the pressure for one day.
The Royals finish the three-game season against the Cleveland Indians at 7:05pm. The series is tied 1-1.
– The club announced Tuesday that the 2021 FanFest has been cancelled. There are plans to bring it back to Bartle Hall in 2022.
ROUND AND ROUND
– The Big Ten is looking into updated safety procedures. If they are able to reach an agreement on that, football games could begin on October 10. Some reports say that date is highly unlikely.
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