Brady Singer didn’t get the win but he was dominant in a 2-0 Royals victory on Sunday.
Big Picture: The Royals won three out of four games against the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend. The Blue Jays are missing George Springer, so the Royals did get them at the right time, but they took advantage of it. The Royals are 1 1/2 games up on the division with a 9-5 record.
Sing Me Away: Brady Singer was terrific. He allowed no runs on two hits and three walks in his six innings. He threw 90 pitches.
Singer was never in too much trouble. He did have a couple of innings in which he retired the first two batters and then had trouble ending the inning and let the next two runners on before finally getting out of it.
This was Singer’s third start of the season. Each start has been better than the previous one. Singer allowed six runs in just 3 1/3 innings against Texas. He followed that up with four runs, one earned, in five innings against the Los Angeles Angels. Sunday he didn’t allow a run in his six innings.
What do we expect from Singer as we go forward? We can’t expect six shutout innings every time out. And let’s face it. The Blue Jays are missing George Springer who will really improve their offense. But Singer doesn’t have to have this kind of success every time out. The hope is that he is continuing to learn how to pitch in the major leagues.
Singer was willing to go inside to Toronto batters, and it made things difficult for them. And maybe most impressive was his control. He hit the edges of the plate consistently. It had Blue Jays batters frustrated with strike calls from the beginning of the game.
The starting pitching has been better recently for the Royals. Singer’s start Sunday was the best of the season so far for the Royals.
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|4/5||Danny Duffy||70||@ CLE||W||W (3-0)|
|4/7||Jakob Junis||69||@ CLE||L (4-2)|
|4/14||Brad Keller||61||LAA||W||W (6-1)|
|4/13||Danny Duffy||57||LAA||W||W (3-2)|
Knock In A Run Already: This was one of those frustrating games where you get a lot of runners on but cannot get them in. It started early for the Royals.
The Royals loaded the bases in each of the first two innings but didn’t score. In the first, they had bases loaded with one out before Hanser Alberto flew out and Hunter Dozier grounded out.
The second inning had two on with one out, and eventually, bases loaded with two outs and once again got nothing. It looked like the pressure continued to build, and each time a batter came to the plate with a runner in scoring position, they pressed.
The seventh inning finally brought runs for the Royals thanks to a Salvador Perez home run. But they went on to load the bases after that with a Jorge Soler double, a Michael Taylor walk, and a Kyle Isbel walk. But Nicky Lopez grounded out softly to second base, and the Royals left the bases loaded again.
Royals Give Defense A Good Name: We have talked about how the defense will have to be really good for the Royals to have success. They have done that on this homestand, and really since the first series against the Texas Rangers.
Bullpen Continues To Shine: In addition to having a top-notch defense, the Royals need a top-notch bullpen if they want to be serious about competing for a playoff spot.
Kyle Zimmer continues to be terrific out of the bullpen. He has now pitched in seven games. He has allowed a run, and just one run, in just one of those games. He nibbled a little in this game once he got ahead of batters 0-2. That could bite him at some point but not this time.
Josh Staumont is the closer, but it’s nice to see that Mike Matheny doesn’t just use him in the ninth inning. A bonus for the Royals is that Staumont’s salary could stay below what it should be when he hits arbitration if they continue this approach. Staumont won’t get the number of saves he would get if used as a traditional closer. Now, Dayton Moore might pay him like a closer because he is that way. That’s not a bad thing. The best part of this approach is that the Royals will get more wins using Staumont against the best part of the opponents’ order.
If I have a concern with Matheny’s handling of the bullpen right now, it’s his willingness to go to Greg Holland in close games. Matheny brought Holland in to pitch the ninth with a 2-0 lead. Now, Matheny did put Staumont in to face the toughest part of the lineup in the eighth inning. That’s reassuring. But I’m concerned that he thinks Holland is better than I think he is this season. I don’t see Holland being in tight spots later in the season. He is going to break at some point.
Next Up: The Tampa Bay Rays come to The K on Monday for a three-game series. Tampa is 8-8 on the season, but they just swept a three-game series against the Yankees in New York.
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