The Royals walked around the bases against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. We are only a few games into spring training, and I am already tired of the fake games. April 1 can’t get here soon enough.
Missouri held on for a win at Florida. The win gives the Tigers much-needed resume help as they continue to fight for a seed higher than eighth in the NCAA tournament to avoid facing a top seed if they can win their first game. You can read more about that game here.
Kansas City Royals 6, Chicago White Sox 5 (Box Score)
7:00pm – CBB – UTEP at Kansas (ESPN+)
7:05pm – MLBST – Kansas City Royals at Cincinnati Reds (MLB.com)
What do spring training stats mean? Are they worth anything? They mean nothing, and they are worth nothing. But we look at them because, without being involved in every workout, it’s all we can go on as fans.
The Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Wednesday. Six runs. That sounds like a pretty good offensive day. Well, they were given eight walks. And while I will be the first to say that walks are a skill, I will not give the Royals credit when it appeared that multiple White Sox pitchers just couldn’t find the strike zone. Some walks are not earned. The Royals saw several of those in this game.
And sure, you would rather have a high batting average in spring training than a low one. But ultimately, it means nothing. And you would rather have pitchers have perfect innings than allow three runs in an inning. But it too means little. That’s right. I think pitching performance in spring training means just slightly more than nothing.
In Wednesday’s game, Carlos Hernandez got the start and allowed three runs on three hits and a walk. Does that mean Hernandez can’t have a good season? Absolutely not. Often, pitchers are working on specific pitches and aren’t necessarily trying to set up batters and get outs at any cost. But clearly, a good pitching performance gives a pitcher confidence regardless of the reason. And a bad outing takes away some of that confidence. And for a player like Carlos Hernandez is on the bubble as far as the major league roster goes, every poor appearance resonates that much more.
Roster decisions determining who breaks camp with the big league team should be based on how a player performs and not the results. If a player is hitting the ball hard but can’t buy a hit, that player should get a serious look as if those hits were falling. And if another player is hitting over .500 but on a bunch of bloop hits, tryouts might want to think twice about taking him north with the club.
The Royals have a long way to go in spring training. And the roster is mostly set. So what we see or hear about in games means very little. But for those guys on the bubble, these small sample sizes might have a large impact on their careers.
Sporting Releases Preseason Schedule
Sporting Kansas City released its 2021 preseason schedule on Wednesday. They will open against the Phoenix Rising on March 13. They will also play the Colorado Rapids, Portland Timber’s and then conclude on April 3 against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
In Other News
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone had a pacemaker implanted on Wednesday. Boone had open-heart surgery in 2009.
Washington Nationals LHP Jon Lester will have his thyroid removed. He is expected to miss a week of spring training if all goes well. Lester has had a lot of fatigue early in camp and hopes that this will fix that and allow him to get back to feeling better for the season. Lester signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Nationals in the offseason.
Former TE Kellen Winslow II was sentenced to 14 years in prison for multiple rapes and other sexual offenses.
Royals’ Brad Keller the ‘most interesting pitcher,’ says aerodynamics expert (Alec Lewis)
If I were Chiefs GM Brett Veach: Laying out a road map for the offseason (Seth Keysor)
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