It was another rough night for the Royals. The starting pitching continued t struggle. The offense can’t cash in on opportunities. It will get better at some point, but the blame is being put on the wrong people at times.
NOTES: C Salvador Perez is leading all American League catchers in votes for the All-Star game by a large margin… LF Andrew Benintendi was placed on the 10-day injured list. OF Edward Olivares was recalled from Triple-A Omaha.
FROM THE START… Hit by pitch. Single. Error. Those are the results of the first five pitches from Brad Keller. It was another bad start for a Royals pitcher.
WHEN IS IT THE PITCHER’S FAULT?… Enough of blaming the fielder when he makes an error and a big inning ends up happening. Now, I’m not crazy. I understand that errors hurt. And errors are supposed to be routine plays that are not made, so by definition, they should be made. So I get all of that. But it’s time for new thinking.
I know. I talk about this a lot. But I’m fighting a battle against the rest of baseball, and I am right. Baseball says that a fielder making an error is hurting his pitcher. I understand when people say that, but the fielder and pitcher are on the same team. The fielder hurts himself and the rest of the team just as much as he hurts the pitcher.
But the pitcher has to throw more pitches as a result of the error is what most will respond with. True, but what the hell does the pitcher have to do when he allows a hit? He has to throw more pitches. But nobody ever gets on the pitcher for that. And I do understand that you can’t throw a no-hitter every time out. The point is that the pitcher controls more of what happens when the team is in the field than anyone else.
Are all of the great pitchers in baseball history just lucky to have a great defense behind them? Of course not. The great pitchers work around defensive mistakes. Therefore, we see that great pitchers can work around problems. Those who cannot work around defensive problems are not great pitchers, and that’s part of the reason they lose more games. Oh no. Did I bring up wins and losses? I know. That’s not important anymore.
MLB CHANGES EXPECTED TUESDAY
Jeff Passan is reporting that Major League Baseball will announce Tuesday their plan for enforcing punishments for pitchers using illegal substances. Pitchers found to be using foreign substances will receive a 10-day suspension with pay. Yep, that ought to do it. How many people would love a suspension with pay from work?