“I don’t know what was going on in Triple-A, with guys getting hits off (Yordano Ventura), but that was dominating stuff. I mean, he’s got pretty special stuff.”
Terry Francona, Indians manager, after watching the Royals’ rookie pitcher’s MLB debut against his Indians, cbssports.com
GH: My question is why did the Royals waste this kid’s season in the minors? He started the season in Arkansas and finished in Omaha – and didn’t make it to pitch a meaningful game for Kansas City until September 17th? Are the Royals trying to win or just nurture talent?
“Yordano Ventura (86) with the best debut by Game Score in #Royals history. Craig Chamberlain posted a 75 in a 6-hitter vs. Detroit in 1979.”
James Smyth, @JamesSmyth621, Twitter
GH: In Royals HISTORY! And Dayton Moore and Ned Yost had this guy pitching against Round Rock?
“Yordano Ventura hit 101.9 mph in his MLB debut tonight, the fastest pitch thrown by any starter in last 5 seasons.”
GH: In the last FIVE seasons! And Dayton Moore and Ned Yost kept rolling Wade Davis out to start every fifth game for the Royals? How does that show they are serious about winning a World Series?
“Alright, maybe Ventura CAN pitch 5 innings tonight. But that’s it. He’s been awesome. Let’s not get greedy.”
Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli, Twitter
GH: Greedy??? Royals’ fans are anything but greedy. We are emaciated corpses looking for a drop of success that might fall from the chariot of a passing by Boston, NY or St. Louis franchise as it rolls over our battered hides. The kid was throwing the best debut in Royals history – and Rany couldn’t wait to yank him? This was one of if not THE most important game of the season for KC. We needed this win. We led 3-0. We lost 5-3.
“I suppose it’s tough to escape that outlook when you stand 5-11, 180 pounds (he’s put on considerable weight over the past year to get even that big), and you chuck 100mph fastballs. There just aren’t many pitchers with that sort of frame who can sustain that sort of stuff over a full-season workload. He doesn’t pass the “eye test”, the scouts would say. However, he’s passing every other test there is.”
Scott Evans, Razzball.com
GH: Newsflash – Ventura probably isn’t going to last as a starter. He is too small and throws too hard. But he is fabulous RIGHT NOW! But the Royals would prefer to bring him along slowly so he can pitch in meaningless games next season and then have Tommy John surgery. Whoopee!
“A couple of head-scratching decisions on how and who he used in the bullpen (Tuesday) night.”
Aaron Swarts, after the Royals blew a 3-0 lead and an outstanding debut performance from Yordano Ventura to lose 5-3 to the Indians Tuesday night at The K, 810 AM
GH: Yost used Hochevar the night before in a blowout win instead of saving his arm for Tuesday night when it was needed. Tuesday Yost brought in Herrera, who has been iffy most of the season in late innings…and then brought in Hoch late. Neither was effective. Indians win 5-3. Season all but lost.
“Big league managers know that anytime things don’t work out, they’ll get second-guessed. After the battle is over and the smoke has cleared, we all have a better idea of what should have been done. But having spent a lot of time around these guys, I’m a reluctant second-guesser. When you get to talk to them later, they almost always knew something about the situation you didn’t.”
Lee Judge, kansascity.com
GH: Yost simply cannot handle pressure. Milwaukee fired him for that reason. The Royals will at the end of the season. But it will be too late.
“Apologies to the fans. Embarrassing performance tonight.”
Graham Zusi, @gzusi, after his Sporting Kansas City squad tied Real Esteli 1-1 Tuesday night, Twitter
GH: Why can’t the Royals be like Sporting?
“These are playoff games. Period.”
Danny Parkins, on the Royals current homestand, 610 AM
GH: These are not playoff games. Ask Jim Mora.
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