It is the mantra of nearly every new pitching coach in Kansas City over the years: Trust your stuff, pound the strike zone, get ahead in the count, etc.
Once again, it will be the mantra of new Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland. And, quite frankly, it has to be.
The Royals walked more hitters (557) than any other team in the American League.
"Talk is cheap," Eiland told me by phone from his home in Florida. "I am aware that the guy before me was probably talking about the same things, so I mean no disrespect.
"But we have to find a way to get these young arms to more consistently attack the strike zone. We just have to. That simple."
Eiland, hired to replace Bob McClure in October, said his approach in getting that message across will vary from pitcher to pitcher. He has spent the better part of the last two months poring over video of the Royals' staff.
"Only about 100 hours or so of viewing," Eiland said, laughing.
And what did he learn?
"It's an impressive group," he said...