Friday, April 1, 2011

Opening day positives

Yesterday's outcome was disappointing and while there were certainly plenty of negatives worth discussing I'm going to focus on the positives, because even though they lost I came away encouraged.

Here's why.
  • They didn't alter their approach at the plate when they were down. Jered Weaver left the game after 6.1 innings despite only giving up 2 hits and 2 walks. He was taken out because he had thrown 107 pitches, KC may not have had many baserunners against him but they took a lot of pitches which drove his count up. We've seen them in the past get down in a game and start hacking at the first pitch trying to make something happen, they didn't do that yesterday. They continued this approach when the relievers came in and almost ended up winning. Weaver and the relievers combined for 6 walks, since 2000 KC is 111-50 when they walk that many times in a game, so there's a lot to be said for patience.
  • The rookies represented. Much was made of Aaron Crow, Nathan Adcock, and Tim Collins all making the team but at least for one game they showed they belong. They combined for 3.1 scoreless innings with 4 strikeouts. Adcock and Collins did have to work out of jams but Crow was flat out dominating, he struck out three of the four batters he faced.
  • Melky Cabrera became the 12th ever Royal to have a 3-hit opening day and the 5th to get on base at least four times. 
  • Luke Hochevar was a strike machine. Yeah he wasn't great (5.2 IP, 9 H,4 R) but he struck out 5 and walked zero. 73 of his 102 pitches went for strikes so while he was unfortunately hittable he at least wasn't wild, a few walks and this would've been a decidedly different game. 
I probably could've came up with a longer list of negatives but you know what, it's opening day ,I've got the rest of the year to complain.

1 comment:

  1. My biggest complaint was that they only gave Crow four batters. That doesn't look good for this being a situation of adapting him to the bigs in low pressure situations and then moving him to the rotation. Last season, I felt the same for Wood. Not that I have/had any high hopes for Wood eventually making his way back to the rotation, but still...why can't we use the former starters as long men? (Does the long man even really exist anymore?)

    You make excellent positive points, which is pretty hard to do sometimes with this team. I loved Melky/Frenchy making me look dumb for at least one day.