by John Viril—
Finally. After exhausting every possible excuse, GM Dayton Moore has finally called up RHP prospect Jake Odorizzi and manager Ned Yost has slotted him to start on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians.
All Odorizzi had to do was go 15-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 145.1 IP in AA and AAA this season. Then, of course, he had to pitch in the AAA playoffs and the AAA championship series. After getting the call to the majors, he only had to wait a week to make his 1st start because Ned Yost didn’t want to pitch him against a contender—since throwing a rookie against a contender wouldn’t be fair to the other teams in the race.
I suppose throwing Luke Hochevar or Bruce Chen is really fair to other contenders. Doesn’t matter how mediocre either of them have been this season. By gum, they’re EXPERIENCED.
When will it end? When will the Royals become blatantly self-interested like every other team in baseball? Frankly, I couldn’t care less what Odorizzi might do to the race IF the ...