The Royals surprised their fans with a comeback in Cleveland Tuesday to defeat the Indians 8-6. The Chiefs are just a day away from beginning their attempt to win a second consecutive Super Bowl. There won’t be a packed house at Arrowhead but it will be nice to see the boys back on the gridiron.
Here is today’s Dr. Feelgood…
I get it. The television broadcasters ultimately work for the club whether directly or not. That’s how it is in Major League Baseball. And I have to give Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler credit for staying positive.
Jakob Junis was just awful Tuesday. He allowed runs in the first three innings. With the Royals down 3-0 in the third, Whit Merrifield hit a three-run home run to tie the game.
Junis apparently decided that the club was too close this late in the game so he decided to pitch to Francisco Lindor. If you didn’t know, Lindor completely owns Junis. Nobody else in baseball with at least ten at bats hits Junis better than Lindor. And in the bottom of the third, immediately after the Royals scored three to tie the game, Junis gave up a two-run home run to Francisco Lindor.
Immediately after that home run, Lefebvre and Hudler started talking about Junis’ injury from his last outing. In Ryan’s defense, he did say that if Junis is cleared to pitch he needs to be effective at the major league level.
And then it happened. Ryan remembered that he ultimately works for the team and talked about how Junis was hit pretty hard on the upper biceps on his pitching arm in his previous start.
Broadcasters have to walk a fine line. They want to be honest with the fans but they work for the team and have a relationship with the players. They can’t call out players. They can’t be too critical. Just ask Frank White.
Royals 8, Indians 6
5:10pm – MLB – FSKC – Royals (Danny Duffy, 2-3, 4.83) at Indians (Carlos Carrasco, 2-3, 3.43)
I know it will never happen, but can’t you get used to these 5:10pm starts? Now, most people aren’t able to get off work and get home or to the ballpark in time for a start that early. That’s why it will never happen and is only happening this year on the road in an eastern city, but I absolutely love it. Get the game over before 8:30pm so us old guys can get to bed on time.
In Tuesday’s game, Jakob Junis struggled from the first inning. He allowed runs in each of the first three innings before finally throwing a scoreless inning. A three-run home run by Whit Merrifield gave the Royals a brief tie.
A positive in the game though was another nice appearance by Kyle Zimmer. I have talked about the reason for his success this year in the podcast. Even though Zimmer credits a meeting with Tom House for a change in his mechanics, I’m leaning more towards a more relaxed pitcher now that Ned Yost is gone. Yost never had confidence in Zimmer. Yost never really gave him a chance. Now with Yost gone we are finally getting the best out of Zimmer. I’m sure House helped him but confidence is huge in baseball as it is in all parts of life. I’m happy for the guy.
And how about Greg Holland? Two perfect innings with three strikeouts. He looked like the old Greg Holland when batters couldn’t touch. him
Nice comeback by the Royals. Tuesday was a pleasant surprise for Royals fans. This is why we watch even in bad seasons. Every now and then something fun happens.
– The Royals placed OF Jorge Soler on the disabled list for an oblique strain. The club selected infielder Matt Reynolds from the alternate training site.
– Les Miles has not announced a quarterback for Saturday’s game against Coastal Carolina. Miles said that there is a chance that both Thomas MacVittie and Miles Kendrick could play.
ROUND AND ROUND…
– Denver Broncos pass-rusher Von Miller injured his ankle in practice Tuesday. He will have an MRI on it but initial fears are that his season is over. Von Miller is set to earn $18 million in 2020 with an $18 million club option for 2021.
– Oklahoma football head coach Lincoln Riley said that the Sooner’s will not make COVID test results public. They will be treating it like an injury and view it as a competitive advantage situation.
– The Arizona Cardinals signed WR DeAndre Hopkins to a two-year, $54.5 million contract extension. The deal makes Hopkins the highest paid non-quarterback in NFL history. Hopkins did the deal without an agent. Hopkins also got no-trade and no-franchise tag clauses.
– The Cleveland Browns signed RB Kareem Hunt to a two-year, $13.25 million contract extension.
– The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed QB Josh Rosen to its practice squad. Rosen was recently released by the Miami Dolphins. Rosen was selected in the first round (10th overall) of the 2018 draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He played one season with the Cardinals before they drafted Kyler Murray and traded Rosen to the Dolphins. Rosen saw limited playing time with the Dolphins. This deal with Tampa Bay could set him up to take over when Tom Brady retires if he can develop into an NFL quarterback.
– Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner is retiring after this season. MLB and MiLB are currently working through changes to the structure of minor league baseball and O’Conner’s office could be eliminated as part of these changes.
– Former University of Kansas chancellor and MLB American League President Gene Budig passed away at the age of 81.
– St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Rick Hummel wrote a piece about how his friendship with Lou Brock had a rough start.
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