The Royals won their fourth consecutive game thanks partly to two errors on one play by the Twins.
The win is the fourth in a row for the Royals. They are two games over .500 and five games out of first place.
Kansas City Royals 6, Minnesota Twins 5 (Game Review)
7:10pm – MLB – Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals (BSKC)
MLB TO ENFORCE FOREIGN SUBSTANCE VIOLATIONS FOR PITCHERS
Major League Baseball informed owners that they would be enforcing violations of pitchers using foreign substances. The league will go through its normal process of informing the players’ and umpires’ unions and all of the clubs.
Pitchers have been using foreign substances for years. Umpires haven’t really enforced the rules prohibiting foreign substances for many years. Pitchers are said to use the substances to get a better grip on the baseball. However, recently pitchers have been measured to dramatically increase the spin rate of the ball, which causes breaking balls to move more.
The problem with the additional spin rate is that it makes hitting even harder than it already is and offense is struggling more than ever in 2021.
Batters have in the past said that they preferred pitchers using a substance to help them control the ball. However, that is regarding fastball control and the concern of being hit if a pitcher loses control of the ball.
So now, with offense way down, MLB has decided to enforce a rule that should have been enforced all along.
Baseballs are rubbed down with special mud to reduce the slickness of the ball before each game. For some reason, pitchers have even able to win the argument of needing substances to improve control when they could not do that in the past.
We will have to see just how much umpires enforce this rule and how consistent they are doing it.
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