Found April 08, 2013 on The Viril View: On the KC Royals:
by John Viril—Coming into the season, the Royals bullpen looked rock solid. However, Royals manager Ned Yost turned to Kelvin Herrera bail out struggling closer Greg Holland to finish Sunday’s 9-8 win in Philadelphia. After also blowing a 3-1 9th inning lead on Saturday and a unsteady finish in Thursday’s victory against Chicago, Holland’s status has suddenly come into question. Holland has an ugly 18.00 ERA in three 2013 appearances. After Yost decided to prevent Holland from blowing a second straight save on Sunday, the Royals manager has to be thinking about replacing his closer—at least temporarily. Herrera is generally considered to have closer “stuff” with the hardest average fastball in MLB according to pitch f/x, and an outstanding change. Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum just replaced closer Carlos Marmol in very similar circumstances. On the season, Marmol has performed exactly like Holland, 1 blown save leading to a loss, 1 9th-inning bail out by another reliever to preser...

Yost has faith in Holland, but for how long?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Amid all the excitement surrounding the Royals' thrilling 3-1 win on opening day, there is one issue still lurking for manager Ned Yost: Stabilizing the closer's role. Incumbent closer Greg Holland was shaky in Chicago, blew a save Saturday in Philadelphia, and struggled again Sunday against the Phillies before being bailed out by Kelvin Herrera. On Monday...

Hot Dog Derby racer eats it at Royals game

Your browser does not support iframes.The Kansas City Royals held their home opener at Kauffman Stadium on Monday. And by all accounts, it was absolutely glorious.As if playing its first home game of the season wasn't enough, Kansas City also entertained fans by hosting a hot dog race of sorts.It was all fun and games until the hot dog donning a red cap, red shoes, and red pants...

Five Thoughts on a Non-Simmering Closer Controversy

Whatever else was made of the Royals’ off-season makeover, most agreed that the bullpen was a strength. Tim Collins and Aaron Crow had shown to be good relievers who might even be worthy of closing for some teams, but were only the the third and fourth options in the Royals bullpen. Kelvin Herrera came up and dominated in 2012 with a fastball that touched triple digits, and projected...


by John Viril—Something very interesting happened in the 9th inning of yesterday’s 3-1 comeback victory over the Twins in Monday’s home opener. Royals manager Ned Yost sent Aaron Crow to get the save. By eschewing nominal closer Greg Holland and heir-apparent Kelvin Herrera, has Yost instead decided to go “closer-by-committee”? Of course, the official answer is no. Yost...

Royals head home hoping for different start in '13

With a bunch of wide-eyed but talented young players, the Kansas City Royals returned home from a brief road trip to start last season overflowing with confidence, fully believing that the team's slogan of ''Our Time'' was apropos. Their 10-game homestand turned out to be a flop, and that slogan a punch line. The Royals didn't win once - not a single home...

The Phils end up a run short in the ninth inning, as they lose to the Royals, 9-8.

The Phils end up a run short of their second straight walk-off win, as they lose to the Royals, 9-8. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, win runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started off the Phils’ half of the first with a single, then moved up to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single...

Phils Rally in Ninth; Top Royals, 4-3.

Final: Royals 3, Phillies 4. WP: Antonio Bastardo (1-0, 0.00 ERA) LP: Greg Holland (0-1, 16.20 ERA)  The Phillies could not have asked for much more from John Lannan, the fifth starter, making his debut in a Phillies uniform Saturday evening in the second game of the series.  Lannan lasted seven innings, allowing a respectable three runs on five hits.  He walked none, and struck...

Gameday: Royals (2-2) at Phillies (1-3)

Kansas City Royals (2-2) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1-3) Luis Mendoza vs. John Lannan Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park TV: TCN, MLBN Weather: Sunny/Wind, 48 Media: Twitter and Facebook Yesterday’s performance from the bullpen was embarrassing.  The Phillies will try to rebound against the Royals tonight. John Lannan will be making his Phillies debut. Lannan is 2-5 with a 6...

Twins-Royals Preview

What happened to begin the Kansas City Royals' 2012 home slate set a bad tone for the entire season. They'll hope newcomer Ervin Santana can help them get off to much better start at Kauffman Stadium in Monday's home opener against the Minnesota Twins. Kansas City's home since 1973, Kauffman Stadium will be the site of the team's next six games after it finished...

Gameday: Royals at Phillies

Kansas City Royals  vs. Philadelphia Phillies James Shields (0-1, 1.50) vs. Cole Hamels (0-1, 9.00) Time: 1:35 PM, Citizens Bank Park TV: PHL17 Weather: Mostly Sunny, 66 Media: Twitter and Facebook Cole Hamels will try to rebound after a poor outing in Atlanta.  Hamels will be opposed by the Royals’ ace, James Shields. LINEUP: Gameday Beer: Troeg’s Nugget Nectar, suggested...

Inconsistency Dooms Phils, Royals Take Series

It was ugly, it was fun, it was long, and it was frustrating. For the second time in the series, the Philadelphia Phillies jumped out to a first inning lead, and slowly let the Kansas City Royals chip away. The offense again started fast, with Ben Revere leading off with an infield single. Jimmy Rollins [...]
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