Originally written on The Viril View: On the KC Royals  |  Last updated 11/14/14
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by John Viril—While watching Kansas City roar back from an early 4-0 deficit against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 13-4 win on Friday, it occurred to me that the Royals roster is very well constructed for National League play, The Royals boast a deep bullpen full of young power arms. With no DH allowed in National League parks, they have a bench with right and left-handed pinch hitters with power (DH Billy Butler and reserve catcher George Kottaras). Plus they have versatile role players that can play almost any position (UTL INF Miguel Tejada and switch hitter INF-OF Elliot Johnson) and an outstanding pinch runner in OF Jarrod Dyson. The combination of a flexible bench and deep bullpen made it very easy for Royals manager Ned Yost to make moves in Friday’s game. When starter Wade Davis struggled through four innings (4.0 iP, 9 H, 4 ERs, and 2 HR), Yost had former starter Bruce Chen ready to go. When the Royals threatened in the 5th, Yost had no hesitation pulling long man Chen a...
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