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Saturday, October 25, 2014

MLB - Royals’ Ned Yost keeps managing to win - ESPN

Ned Yost doesn’t care what you think. Got that?

He doesn’t care if you think his team is winning this World Series because he’s the second coming of John McGraw. He doesn’t care if you think his team is winning this World Series in spite of his never-ending bumbleheadedness.

He. Doesn’t. Care. Are we clear on that?

“I don’t really pay attention to when people say I’m stupid,” the perpetually embattled manager of those Kansas City Royals said this week. “And I don’t really pay attention to when people say I’m smart—because I’m neither. I’m not a dope, but I’m not the smartest guy on the face of the earth either. So I just let all that go. I don’t pay any attention to it. I don’t read about it. I just want our team to win.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:36 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Gambling Bochy creature of habit when it comes to pitchers | CSN Bay Area

Ratto cracks me up.

In the two Giants losses, the San Francisco is 1-for-24 with nine strikeouts against Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, Greg Holland and late entry Brandon Finnegan. In fact, Kansas City manager Ned Yost ran afoul of the Mezzanine Constabulary again by:

(a) Letting starter Jeremy Guthrie, who had been brilliant for five innings, start the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead, a single to Brandon Crawford and an RBI double by Michael Morse.

(b) Bringing Herrera on to stanch the bleeding, which he did after walking Gregor Blanco and giving up three routine groundouts, one of which scored Morse.

(c) Letting Herrera bat for himself in the seventh with two outs and Jarrod Dyson at first. He became the 15th American League reliever to bat in the last 20 years, and the 15th to fail. He then started the seventh, walked Hunter Pence and was pulled for Finnegan, making the idea of letting him hit seem particularly daft.

But Yost has his ways, and he will be second-guessed until the cows come home, get their GEDs and head off to college without bother. He’s the one up, 2-1. Savage away, o fevered intelligentsia.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Yost’s managerial decisions make for extra-entertaining World Series | FOX Sports

In defense of Yost.

We’re welcome to disagree with Yost, as I rather enjoy doing. But he deserves our respect — and admiration. He knows things about his players that we don’t. He also knows how to lead underdogs to a 10-1 record in the postseason, two wins from a champagne-soaked legacy.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Ned Yost’s team won despite his managing in Game 3 | FOX Sports

Micro analysis in real time.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, managers, royals, world series

Royals seize control of Series, edge Giants in Game 3 | MLB.com

Guthrie became the first starter in World Series history to win without at least one strikeout or walk. Only four pitchers had previously earned a World Series victory without the aid of at least one strikeout. It last happened in 1960 with Bob Turley of the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 07:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Friday, October 24, 2014

Royals get four AL Gold Glove finalists, but not Lorenzo Cain | The Kansas City Star

Cain, who led AL outfielders in defensive wins above replacement this season, was passed over for Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr., Chicago’s Adam Eaton and Baltimore’s Adam Jones. In the four-game sweep of Baltimore, Cain won the AL Championship Series MVP award.

He’s correct that Cain led all outfielders with 2.7 dWAR.

He does seem to be an oversight by the voters. I’m not sure how much his time spent in RF impacted his being left off the ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gold gloves, lorenzo cain, royals


MLB - San Francisco Giants still confident in their bullpen - ESPN

Well, everybody but Hunter Strickland.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 07:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lincecum upbeat, “feels normal” after playing catch | CSN Bay Area

The Freak is feeling better.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, tim lincecum, world series

Gleeman: Royals may bench Norichika Aoki for Game 3

Aoki-dokey.

Aoki’s defense has been an issue throughout the postseason, with Yost frequently taking him out late in games in favor of Jarrod Dyson while shifting Lorenzo Cain from center field to right field.

So instead of doing that again Yost may just decide to start Dyson and use Aoki off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Aoki is a better hitter than Dyson, but he’s hardly an impact bat and an extra five or six innings of better defense and baserunning could be worth the change.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:01 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: norichika aoki, royals, world series

I hope this doesn’t get me fired. | FOX Sports

A game can go badly pretty quickly. Last night I was watching the game. With the score tied 2-2 the game channel went out on my television.(There was a power outage at the local affiliate.) By the time the picture came back on, the score was 7-2.

We don’t know what will happen in game 3. The Giants could jump out to a 10-run lead in the first. You close out the wins in World Series games as best you can. Herrera just had six days rest. He has another day off today. Using your three best pitchers to close out the last 3.2 innings, especially when they have had so much rest, is using your head.

During Game 2 of the World Series, Rob penned this Baseball Joe questioning Ned Yost’s decision to leave Kelvin Herrera in to pitch the seventh inning with the Royals leading the Giants 7-2. Rob’s suggestion was to remove Herrera in order to save his arm after throwing just nine pitches to finish off the sixth inning. Jason Frasor was the suggested replacement.

In my opinion, Frasor has been underappreciated this postseason and is more than capable of holding that lead. But this is the postseason. A five-run lead when you’re down one game to none is the equivalent of a two-run lead when running your bullpen. Especially when you consider the day off on Thursday.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:41 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen usuage, giants, royals, world series

Salvador Perez, Hunter Strickland Exchange Words In World Series (GIF) | MLB | NESN.com

Serenity now, Hunter Strickland, serenity now.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:30 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Key question GMs have to weigh with top World Series free agents | New York Post

There is a lot of money on the line for a few of these players.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, james shields, pablo sandoval, royals, world series

No, Ned Yost didn’t “out-manage” Bruce Bochy. His players played better | HardballTalk

“I don’t think I can ever live up to matching a wit with Tony La Russa,” quipped Washington. “What I will try to do is put my players in the right position. If my players perform, I don’t have to worry about matching wits; they’ll take care of things.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, managers, royals, world series


MLB - Ned Yost wins chess match over Bruce Bochy - ESPN

Chess match? Oh, it’s humor.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 08:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Royals are not the future of baseball | FOX Sports

The Kansas City Royals might very well win the World Series. That would certainly be wonderful for them, but of course, it will come at a price for the rest of us. There are already pieces about how everyone should be like the Royals, and a World Series win would mean that we’€™d all be treated to another 50 or so of those pieces. There are many commendable things about how the Royals were built and how they play ball, but let’€™s take a look at the evidence and ask the question: Are the Royals the future of baseball?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals - Recap - October 21, 2014 - ESPN

Giants draw first blood.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

As Focus Faded and Losses Piled Up, Royals Change Their Game

When Kuntz walked inside the room, he saw a scene that had become all too familiar in recent weeks: a collection of Royals with their heads down, eyes locked on their iPads. The game was called “Clash of Clans,” and for a period of time this summer, its excessive usage by members of this club exasperated the coaching staff.

“At that time, in that situation, it’s really disappointing,” said Kuntz, the team’s first-base coach. He added, “You just got to a point where you go, ‘What’s the priority here? Is this just three hours out of your time, spent away from what you’re actually being interested in?

‘We’ve got to find a way to get this changed, so that the priority is the game, and all this other stuff is secondary.’ ”

Bourbon Samurai Posted: October 21, 2014 at 01:55 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, video games

Baseball Prospectus | Pebble Hunting: An Illustrated Guide to the People of Kauffman Stadium

Swinging rally towels? Tsk, tsk.

FYI, BP is free this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: royals


Monday, October 20, 2014


Calcaterra: So, if you’re not a fan of the Royals or Giants, who ya got?

ROYALS CON:

   Ned Yost is, objectively, not a good manager and sometimes it’s really hard to see people fall into success despite themselves. This could be mitigated against if, as he sort of did during the ALCS, he shows that he’s learning from his mistakes on the fly, but it’s also possible Yost Yosts it up, the Royals nonetheless win and we’re stuck with a winter in which we’re subjected to “Ned Yost: smarter than you think” articles.

I assume folks will tilt hard towards the Royals but I’m going Giants.  Number one reason is that I would like to see Tim Hudson get a ring.  Number two is similar to above.  I hate to see stupidity rewarded. 

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 20, 2014 at 04:29 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Could the Yankees ever be Royals? Young and athletic K.C. is everything that Bombers are not - NY Daily News

The Yankees are sinking in the standings because they have been applying patches to a problem which requires some dry dock time. It’s not because the game has shifted to benefit fast defenders.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2014 at 09:00 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, yankees

Saturday, October 18, 2014

San Francisco Giants save best for last in journey back to World Series | FOX Sports

Please, for the love of baseball, keep the Steve Perrys and Neil Diamonds away from the game broadcasts.

Unlike Peavy, who finally got his long-awaited ring last season with Boston, starter Tim Hudson has waited a teenager’s lifetime to even sniff the World Series.
Now, at 39, he finally gets his chance.

“You go 16 years without being able to experience something like this, you wonder if it’s going to happen,” he said in the locker room. “It’s hard to put into words. It almost feels surreal, like in a dream.”
Barely able to contain his smile, Hudson added, “I can’t believe it’s finally happened.”
With former Journey lead singer Steve Perry on hand to lead the hometown fans in three straight days of late-game karaoke, the Giants never did stop believing. Not when they needed a walk-off bunt in Game 3. Not when they surged ahead thanks to a quirky series of events in Game 4.
And when the homer by Ishikawa, who spent much of the year at Triple-A Fresno, landed in the right-field arcade, high out of the reach of Oscar Taveras’ flailing arms, belief had been replaced by a realization: This team may yet again shock the baseball world.
The Giants have won the pennant. Anarchy is coming to Kansas City.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

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