OTC: Royals Playing Just Well Enough To Beat Texas / Frasor Fallout / KK Says Chiefs To Blowout Titans

“Thank god everybody else is so bad because we’re not good right now.”
Mike Boddicker, on the Royals recent stretch of play, 810 AM
GH: Royals fans are not going to be picky HOW the Royals get to the postseason – and that is a good thing because Tuesday night’s win over a hapless Rangers team was rife with base-running goofs, wild-swinging at bats and relief pitching just good enough to beat a team as bad as Texas. BTW, the Rangers do not plan on being bad for long. They have five of their minor league teams in the postseason.

“I actually think the Royals are swinging at even worse pitches than they usually do. I didn’t know that was possible.”
Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli, during the Royals 2-1 win over Texas Tuesday night, Twitter GH: This wild-swinging malady appears to affect almost every Royals batter. The worst offenders are Salvy (who might be the most undisciplined hitter on a team of undisciplined hitters), Moose and Butler. How Butler can look so bad and yet be such a talented hitter is just goofy. He is not your classic bad-ball hitter. He rocks mistake pitches, but he looked as lost Tuesday night as a rookie. I am beginning to think Butler is going to allow the return of Hosmer to destroy his newfound confidence at the plate. What a shame.

“19,435 at The K (Tuesday night). Approximately 145,000 at last 5 games.”
Vahe Gregorian, @vgregorian, Twitter
GH: Almost 20K at The K for Ned on a Tuesday night. Just more evidence that Yost’s whining about fan support was dumb and inaccurate.

“I don’t like pitching against my friends. … That memory is still too fresh in my mind.” Jason Frasor, Royals reliever, after he contributed to the Royals 2-1 win Tuesday night over his ex-Rangers teammates, FoxSports KC
GH: Frasor was interview on the field following the game by Joel Goldberg. He appeared to be emotional when he discussed facing his former teammates. Some did not favor Frasor’s forlorn favoritism. Read on.

“Sorry Jason Frasor but I can give 2 squirts of piss that you don’t like pitching against your ‘friends.’ That’s pretty lame dude.”
Jake Gutierrez, @JakeGuti, Twitter
GH: When I read Jake’s tweet last night I chuckled and thought he probably isn’t going to be happy the next morning that he sent that tweet out. Well, I was wrong. The Border Patrol built a pretty extensive segment around Frasor’s comment and Jake’s irreverent tweet. Let’s just say this is not the kind of segment you are likely to hear on Kevin Kietzman’s Between The Lines.

“(Frasor) looked like he was going to cry. I’ve got to go with Jake on this one. Even if you think that you don’t say it. He probably should have looked like he was going to cry and say he didn’t want to face his old teammates.”
Mike Boddicker, former Royals pitcher, 810 AM
GH: I like emotional athletes – especially in front of a camera or microphone. Frasor told Goldberg exactly how he felt. Good for him that he is mature enough to be able to do his job and still have empathy for his defeated friends.

“I just had a lot of confidence that (Aaron Crow) would come in and get the save. He’s the one guy (in the bullpen) who has come in and done it before.”
Ned Yost, on his decision to pitch Crow in the ninth Tuesday night to get the save, 810 AM
GH: If true, Ned Yost might have been the only person rooting for the Royals who had a lot of confidence in the former Mizzou pitcher coming out of the bullpen in the ninth. Where else but Ned’s world do you send a guy down to the minors and then put him in a must-win game the day he gets back to secure the save? Glad it work, Never Nervous Ned.

“Are you starting to feel the tide is turning for Alex Gordon to win the MVP?”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: No. Love how Gordon has played for most of this season but he is not the AL MVP here or anywhere. But he could be setting himself up for an MVP season in 2015.

“It would be different if (Alex Gordon) was 23. I think we’re past the point where that would make sense. This is one of the few times I never really had a problem with what the Royals decided to do.”
Rob Neyer, when asked by Soren Petro why the Royals haven’t moved Gordon from left field to right field, 810 AM
GH: If people think Yost and the Royals are going to catch some criticism for messing with Billy Butler now that Hosmer is back, imagine the howling if they moved Gordon from left field. I like Gordon right where he is, thank you.

“Michael Sam reportedly will take a physical Wednesday at Valley Ranch, meaning the Dallas Cowboys could sign the NFL’s first openly gay player to the practice squad. Should it all come to pass, the only reason anyone ought to take offense is if he can’t play. Because the Cowboys already have more than enough of those kinds of players. … Until he settles in with a team that keeps him, Sam will remain a story bigger than his status would imply. But that, too, should pass. If he makes the Cowboys’ practice squad, works hard and basically does what he did in St. Louis, he’ll fit right in.”
Kevin Sherrington, columnist, Dallas Morning Times
GH: I would like to see Sam get a shot at playing in the NFL but the odds appear long. Even if he gets signed to a practice squad, that is still a long way from making it onto an NFL field. Hopefully, Sam prepared himself for life without football, like most college athletes must do to survive.

“Good offensive line, pretty solid defense. They’ve got the right coach…kind of s sleeper team to be honest. I think their season is all wrapped up in Jake Locker.”
Kevin Harlan, when asked to evaluate the Tennessee Titans, 810 AM

“I think you’re going to be blown away by the Chiefs on Sunday. I think they are going to win going away.”
Kevin Kietzman, predicting the Chiefs will roll the Titans, 810 AM
GH: I will give Kietzman this, he is the first I have heard to come out with this prediction. Maybe he is looking to get back on that ridiculous professional roll!

“John Dorsey’s 2013 draft class looks incredibly weak when you now look at the (results).” Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
GH: Dorsey is catching some heat as the Chiefs enter season two of his regime. It is odd for a second-year GM who is coming off a playoff season to be considered a failure but that is how bad the Chiefs preseason looked and Dorsey’s draft picks have played.

“D’Anthony Thomas is going to line up and play a lot! They are going to play him all over the field. He has impressed me a lot.”
Terez Paylor, Chiefs beat writer for The Kansas City Star, on the Chiefs fourth-round draft pick out of Oregon, 610 AM
GH: Loved this pick and hope Terez is right. It will be fun to watch Thomas and McCluster on the field together (albeit on opposite sidelines) Sunday at Arrowhead.

“Only 30 days until college basketball season officially begins…”
Jon Rothstein, @JonRothstein, Twitter
GH: Crazy.

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29 Responses to OTC: Royals Playing Just Well Enough To Beat Texas / Frasor Fallout / KK Says Chiefs To Blowout Titans

  1. Kyle says:

    The main thing that will prevent Gordon from an MVP…..63 RBI’s. If that number was 93, we may have something to talk about.

  2. Kyle R says:

    Why on earth was Petro even asking about Gordon moving to RF?

    • Steve says:

      I assume because RF is considered a more important fielding position than LF, where you typically put your best corner outfielder. And since that’s Gordon, that’s what I assume was the basis of the discussion. It still seemed like a random thing to bring up.

  3. randyraley says:

    2014 Attendance including last night..

    25 Kansas City

    26 Houston

    27 Miami

    28 Chicago White Sox

    29 Cleveland

    30 Tampa Bay

  4. The Independent Rage says:

    As shaky as Crow has been this year, he’s the one who should have been out there in the 10th last week when instead Yost threw the hapless Bruce Chen to the wolves (and effectively just tossed a meaningful game in the rubbish can). But that wasn’t possible since Crow (who “had options”) had just been sent down to the minors temporarily (which I hadn’t even realized that night) in favor of having Chen hang around a few more days prior to his release from the team. Gee, those moves made a whole hell of a lot of sense! If the Royals finish 1 game out of the playoffs, that’s the game I’ll remember.

    But yes, Crow has no business this year in a one-run save situation. I find it very difficult to believe that Holland, Davis and Herrera were ALL completely unavailable to throw so much as one inning last night. This is a playoff run, Yost, not little league fall ball. I’m fearful we’re going to see another Yost September implosion like we saw in Milwaukee. Do they have a September Manager’s Tree?

    • Joe Blow says:

      They had all pitched each of the previous three nights. You clearly don’t understand what being a pitcher involves. They can’t just throw (effectively) every single night..

    • Kyle says:

      It all boils down the their inability to hit. Everything the manager does is magnified because 1 run likely costs us a game every night. Chen had actually been OK out of the bullpen until his blowup. Crow had been a turd until last night. if we were not hitting .140 over the last week with RISP, we would not be having this discussion.

      • david says:

        ^ this * 1 billion. How many leadoff doubles with no runs scored?

      • MT says:

        This is precisely the issue. These guys have played baseball nearly every day of their lives for at least 20 yrs. and I guess that I don’t understand how seemingly ANY of them can keep from swinging at pitches in the dirt. Time after time they just flail at balls low out of the strike zone. Even mediocre to bad pitchers are able to follow the book closely enough on these guys, throwing breaking balls and change-ups down and in, to look like Cy Young EVERY GODDAMN GAME.
        Its the same pattern on all of them: Take the first get-it- over- the-plate fastball right down the middle. Now get nervous, since your behind in the count, and start swinging at everything. They seem just too stupid to know how to devise a strategy to compete with a pitcher by recognizing pitches and deduce what pitches have been getting them out and either lay off or guess pitch and location and put a good swing on it.
        They’re either getting nervous or they’re just mental midgets who can’t understand the need to change their approach at the plate. How dumb do you have to be not to think to yourself ‘boy I have seen a lot of really low pitches the past few weeks and haven’t gotten a hit even though I’ve swung and swung and swung at ’em. I think I’ll see what happens if I swing at strikes’?
        Maybe the bright side is that they play post season ball all year long by always being in close, low scoring games that are pitching dominant, so they should be used to it, if they get there.

    • Alphonse Tooty says:

      Here’s the way it is around here: When the Royals lose, it’s Ned’s fault. When they win, they would have won by more if it weren’t for Ned.

      • Ned Fan says:

        Exactly! We all know it’s the fans fault for not filling the stadium in just the precise manner so that the team is sufficiently energized yet not forced to press too much in front of a large gathering of spectators. And I think giving Ibanez 12 at bats a week is going to send this team over the top!

  5. Joe Blow says:

    “I actually think the Royals are swinging at even worse pitches than they usually do. I didn’t know that was possible.”
    Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli,

    Rany wouldn’t know a bad pitch if it hit him in the face. He, honestly, knows pretty much zero about how baseball is played on the field.

    “I just had a lot of confidence that (Aaron Crow) would come in and get the save. He’s the one guy (in the bullpen) who has come in and done it before.”
    Ned Yost, on his decision to pitch Crow in the ninth Tuesday night to get the save, 810 AM
    GH: If true, Ned Yost might have been the only person rooting for the Royals who had a lot of confidence in the former Mizzou pitcher coming out of the bullpen in the ninth. Where else but Ned’s world do you send a guy down to the minors and then put him in a must-win game the day he gets back to secure the save? Glad it work, Never Nervous Ned.

    It was procedural for a couple of days. He had an option, and clearly wasn’t one of the top arms coming out of the bullpen for the next two days. But, if you want to play the “He was sent to the minors — then STUPID NED sent him out for a save situation”, go ahead. I’m sure Rany will whine with you.

    “It would be different if (Alex Gordon) was 23. I think we’re past the point where that would make sense. This is one of the few times I never really had a problem with what the Royals decided to do.”
    Rob Neyer, when asked by Soren Petro why the Royals haven’t moved Gordon from left field to right field, 810 AM

    You move players to right field when they can no longer run and/or have a cannon arm. Gordon has a really nice arm, but it’s not cannon strong. Even he has admitted it. Who wants to move him to right?

    Good thing we have professional idiot Rob Neyer to confirm that, though.

  6. Phaedrus says:

    Why doesn’t Nedly pitch Herrerra and Davis for 2 innings at a time? That way one or the other would likely be available for every game.

    • PJ says:

      I’d like to see that as well, but name me one other manager in baseball that does that with their best reliever(s). Hard for me to criticize Ned for something no one else does either.

      • Phaedrus says:

        I wasn’t really criticizing…I’m generally curious.

        It seems to me that if you have 3 stud relievers, having them each pitch 1 inning is not the most efficient way to use them.

        Day 1: A for 2 innings, B for 1, C off
        Day 2: B for 2 innings, C for 1, A off
        Day 3: C for 2 innings, A for 1, B off
        Day 4 same as Day 1, etc.

        Each pitcher throws a max of 3 innings in 3 days, and you always have at least 2 of them available. Of course, then you don’t have a “closer”, but hey, that might make them cheaper in their arbitration years.

        It’s such a shame that Davis has only thrown 70 odd innings this year.

        • Joe Blow says:

          In this day and age, they may not be as effective for two innings at a time as they are for one. Relievers may have used to go 2-3 innings, but they also used to throw 90 mph as “gas”..

    • Joe Blow says:

      What’s the difference in each of them pitching 1 inning for 2 games, or 2 innings for one game? Yost has sent each of them out for multiple innings in the past, but they’re conditioned for 1 inning. You can just send them out for multiple innings willy nilly. It’s not the same.

  7. Dan says:

    I enjoyed Fraser expressing his genuine feelings. I thought he was classy in his response. As a former professional reporter, I would love to interview someone like him. Media members too often complain about athletes who say nothing, then rag on people who tell the truth. Can’t have it both ways.

  8. Kerouac says:

    Week 1, Chiefs leading the Titans 16-14 with under :30 seconds to play in the game. Ryan Succop in to attempt a game-winning field goal. From 43 yards away – the snap, the hold, the kick – it’s ‘up’ and it is…

    TEN 17 @KC 16

    Final

    • Kyle says:

      Exactly what I thought when TN signed him. He will, without a doubt, kick the game winner. Because and only because it’s the Chiefs.

  9. Arnold Ziffel says:

    Alex Gordon had always been a third baseman. Now he’s playing extended third base. Perception, ball coming off the bat. Keep him in left.

  10. Kerouac says:

    “I think they (Chiefs) are going to win going away.” ~ Kevin Kietzman

    – no Madame Cleo, he; perhaps a big second half surge?

    Halftime: Titans 10 @Chiefs 3

    Tale of the toes: Succop 1 for 1, Santos 1 for 2 (DOINK)… D’OH!

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