The Royals started their road trip right.
Ryan O’Hearn continued his hot hitting from the minor leagues with a home run in Yankee Stadium. Max Scherzer was not happy with Joe Girardi. And the College Football Playoff expansion continued moving forward.
Kansas City Royals 6, New York Yankees 5
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MANAGER CHALLENGES MUST GO
Major League Baseball has decided to finally check pitchers for foreign substances. They said that it wouldn’t slow the game down since umpires would check pitchers as they leave the field. That seemed to be true.
However, managers apparently can also ask umpires to check the opposing pitcher. They have been able to do this for years, but there was a gentlemen’s agreement to not check the opposing pitcher. But Tuesday we saw what happens when they do. Joe Girardi asked the umpires to check Max Scherzer for the third time in four innings and Max wasn’t happy about it. Scherzer tossed his glove and hat to the ground and proceeded to unbuckle his belt as umpires approached him. If they hadn’t stopped him, I’m not sure he wouldn’t have taken off his pants.
So when Scherzer left the field after the fourth inning, he stared down Girardi in the Phillies’ dugout. Girardi took exception and left the dugout yelling at him. Girardi was eventually thrown out of the game.
Allowing managers to challenge pitchers is going to be a mess and soon it will be used just to try to throw pitchers off their game. MLB needs to leave this in the umpires hands. Random checks and checks for cause are fine but let’s keep them to pitching changes and the end of innings. Of course, games could get really interesting if we let Joe Girardi run wild.
CFP EXPANSION TAKES STEP FORWARD
The College Football Playoff board of managers authorized a review of the new 12-team playoff proposal. This was expected and is another step forward toward a better, but not perfect, playoff format. There are still hurdles to clear, but at this point it seems like a done deal. The contract with ESPN that runs through 2025 will have to be modified, but both sides would love an expanded playoff. The bowls want to remain included in the playoff, but that seems like a minor issue. This expansion will go through. They are just going through the necessary steps now to make it happen.
SINGER’S STYLE HAS CHANGED
Brady Singer came to the major leagues with all kinds of confidence. He attacked batters and it paid off for him. But this year he seems very defensive. It’s almost like he has been hit some and has determined that he has to nibble around the strike zone because he doesn’t think he has the ability to beat batters with his best stuff.
After allowing a home run to Luke Voit in the first inning Monday night, he wanted nothing to do with Mike Stanton. Was he worried about allowing another home run? Was Yankee Stadium messing with his confidence? I might say yes except that we have seen Singer do this just about everywhere he has pitched this season.
Tuesday, Singer threw 96 pitches and went just 3 2/3 innings. He was pulled in the fourth inning after striking out the first two batters and then walking the next three. Fortunately for the Royals, Kris Bubic left the bases loaded by getting Mike Stanton to ground out weakly to third base.
BUBIC SHINES AGAINST YANKEES
Kris Bubic started his night getting out of a bases loaded jam, and he just got better from there. His control of the changeup was the best we have seen in a while. Mike Matheny trusted him to enter the game against Mike Stanton with the bases loaded. A poorly placed changeup could have easily been four runs for the Yankees.
FOUR-RUN 8TH GIVES ROYALS A WIN
The Royals have had trouble scoring this year, so four runs in the eighth inning in New York down 3-2 was a surprise. But everyone who went to the plate in the inning had a good approach. Well, everyone but Salvador Perez, the one player you expect to have a good approach. A Whit Merrifield single and a Carlos Santana double got things started. After a Salvy strike out looking, Ryan O’Hearn continued a hot day at the plate after being recalled from Triple-A Omaha. O’Hearn, who homered earlier in the game to tie it, had an infield single to tie the game again. The hits continued from Jarrod Dyson, actually a fielder’s choice, Hunter Dozier, and Michael Taylor all reached base before things were done and the Royals were up 6-3.
DANNY DUFFY RETURNS
Danny Duffy is scheduled to return to the field tonight against the New York Yankees. Duffy has been out since May 12 with a forearm strain. Duffy will be limited to a pitch count that isn’t being disclosed for competitive reasons. The Royals are bringing Duffy back slowly at the major league level instead of sending him on a rehab assignment.
Forearm strains often are a precursor for Tommy John surgery. Having a forearm strain doesn’t guarantee that a player will need the surgery. It’s just that more and more pitchers tend to be having the surgery after developing forearm strain. Will Duffy be one of the lucky ones? Maybe. He has already had Tommy John surgery once in his career. I’m not sure he would be willing to go through the rehab again. He is at the end of his contract this season. A serious injury could mean the end of his career. I don’t expect him to finish the year healthy.
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