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Royals Destroy Phillies Home Opener Plans

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, April 05, 2013 07:22 PM | Comments: 10
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In what began as a beautiful day – sun shining, fans rocking – ended as a complete disaster thanks to a pitching staff that fell apart at the seams. The Kansas City Royals fell behind 4-0, but scored 13 unanswered runs, destroying the Phillies in the home opener at Citizens Bank Park, 13-4.

RUNS EARLY, NOTHING LATE

-The Phillies hit the ball well through the first three games. The problem was getting the runners in. Not an issue in the first three innings today. Ryan Howard brought home Jimmy Rollins on a single to right field to kick it off in the first. Domonic Brown got in on the fun with his first homer of the season, a launch to right field. Erik Kratz roped one out to left field two batters later. Kyle Kendrick just missed a homer of his own, coming inches short on the wall in left.  The Phillies would tack one more on in the third and accumulate nine hits through the first four innings.

-Wade Davis was pounded in those four innings, giving up the four runs on nine hits. Davis was decent out of the bullpen last season with the Rays, but the Royals flipped him back to a starter and start No.1 didn’t go well thanks to a Phillies lineup that worked long at-bats.

-After tallying four runs in three innings, the Phillies didn’t manage a hit after Michael Young’s single in the third inning. Only John Mayberry reached base with a walk. The Royals bullpen retired 19 of the final 20 batters that stepped to the plate.

KENDRICK GOOD, THEN KENDRICK BAD, THEN BULLPEN WORSE

-Kendrick’s cruised through the first four innings allowing only two hits. Eric Hosmer got the Royals on the board in the fifth with a bases-loaded, two-run single to cut the Phils lead in half. KK didn’t make it through the sixth. He was yanked after loading the bases giving way to Jeremy Horst, who cleared ‘em. Alex Gordon roped a three-run triple to the right-center alley to put KC ahead. With one pitch Kendrick went from good day to bad day.

-Kendrick had retired 13 of the first 16 batters that stepped to the plate, but could only get four of the next 11. Not good. After four promising innings from the offense and starter, the air was sucked from the stadium to that point. It got worse.

-Following Horst’s disaster was Chad Durbin’s mess and Raul Valdes’ batting practice showing. All told, the Royals cranked 19 hits on the day.  All told, the Phillies as a team have given up 31 runs in four games, the most in baseball. Their bullpen has surrendered 14 runs in 12 innings, not counting inherited runners that have scored. It’s early, but very soon that will have to be corrected.

RALLY?

-Pretty wild scene in the ninth inning. In a clear sign of sarcasm, the remaining 10,000 fans stood and waived their towels together basically until the final out. At least they went down swingin’.

 

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  • Posts: 427 Publius

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    And so at the most critical juncture of the game, Cholly went to Chad Durbin instead of Mike Adams, who has a significantly higher strand rate and k/9, all because Charlie is obsessed with “roles”.

    Just terrible managing.

     
    • Posts: 5152 Lefty

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      I have to disagree about Adams, only because he is coming off the injury and surgery. He can’t be expected to log a ton of appearances this season. Using him in that situation, in the fourth game of the season IMO would be a waste, and something they would regret later on when they need him to preserve a win in a close game.

      But the important part is I totally agree that pitchers should not be pigeon holed into roles. But that’s not a Charlie Manuel thing, it’s prevalent almost everywhere in the majors nowadays. Managers believe their guys pitch better when they know their roles. I say horsefeathers, they’re pros and need to be ready to pitch when they are called upon, period. The old time “firemen” (remember the Rolaids relief ace?) actually came in to put out fires, i.e. stop rallies.

      But in this one case, coming off the surgery, I think they are doing the right thing.

       
      • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

        Solid points, Lefty!

         
      • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

        This idea of using Adams in a critical spot isn’t as simple as it seems, nor does it exactly relate to his surgery.

        Frankly, I never really gave much thought to pen stars being used at critical points until a couple years ago when Eric Seidman wrote a piece about using Papelbon in those high leverage spots. The idea was exciting at first, but the more you think about it, the less sense it makes, or using Adams since he might be the team’s best pen guy, and would allow Papelbon to potentially continue to close.

        The creature of habit aspect of why it’s typically done the way it is is self explanatory. And unless you’re subjective, you have to allow for at least some understanding of the way it is.

        The real problem with using guys in multiple locations is at today’s salaries especially, you can’t be warming pitchers up at signs of trouble maybe 2-3 times a game, maybe 2-3 nights in a row. Each pitcher probably requires x time to warm up, but particularly for those that take longer, the game can change it’s face, and you might have wasted a warmup.

        So the answer that makes the most sense seem pointed toward every guy in the pen being reliable in a specific role with mild fluctuation. Fact is, you have to select the right roster, and after 4 games, there aren’t necessarily blatant signs that wasn’t done. The guys sent down *DeFratus, Jake, Stutes didn’t show signs of stopper ability in their roles, Horst was a pleasant surprise last year, and hk’s select data elsewhere about Durbin on a more current thread is an application of tunnelvision. Hitters smiled when he came in early in his career, fact is, in the last 5 years, a fairer read, he’s been better than not, including a good year last year.

        It’s up to the players to do the job. What’s now become pretty standard pen use throughout the game when all is said and done might be the best, though not perfect answer. Blaming the manager or GM makes very limited sense. But when you have people posting on this or any blog that wanna fire people and trade the roster after every loss, it’s not surprising that the thoughts expressed are as they are.

         
  • Posts: 530 Bruce

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    Well… maybe Kendrick’s good start that turned into a nightmarish outing for him is the result of taking the Royals team too lightly. Perhaps it’s just Kendrick being himself, a model of inconsistency.

    i certainly didn’t take the Royals lightly knowing they came out of Spring Training with the best offensive stats of any team and accumulating a 25-7 W-L record. They’re young, aggressive and upcoming. Even Tim McCarver, a most respected and long time color analyst said on radio that he believed the Kansas City team could be a “sleeper”..a surprise in the A.L. this season.

    This game today boils down to relief pitching. FOUR relievers for the Royals pitched five no-hit scoreless innings while the Phillies’ bullpen were lit up for a ton of runs and hits. That’s it in a nutshell.

    Someone (Publius?) here suggested Adams should have come in to relieve Kendrick (never mind his role as 8th inning set-up). Ok.. he pitches 1 or 2 innuings and then what? Inevitably, Manuel will need to go to a Horst, Durbin or Valdes.. all who were terrible today.

    Oh well, tomorrow is another day. Let’s see if Lannan can pitch effectively for 6 or 7 innings against a good K.C. Royals team.

     
  • Posts: 5152 Lefty

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    I didn’t get a chance to watch live, I saw on tape delay late last night. That sucked big time. The relief pitchers look the same as last year. So far in 4 games we’ve seen one well pitched game which was clearly aided by weather. I said this after three games now, I find the poor pitching concerning. Especially given that this time of year is not really good hitting weather.

    They don’t have the offense we once had, everyone knew that going in, they have got to get the pitching they expected. if Doc is in decline, the rest of them have to step their game up a notch. You can’t build a team on pitching, spending the majority of your (per capita) payroll on that, and not get the performance, it just can’t happen.

    *One side note, if the speedy Ben Revere can make plays like he did last night, then surely he can get on his horse and back up Dominic Brown when he see’s he’s going for a risky catch. Garry Maddox was always behind the Bull, Shane behind Burrell or Ibanez. Someone needs to point that out to the kid.

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    There are typically two sets of pitchers on each team. Starters and relievers. To have both suck air at the same time only spells disaster.
    That being said, I really did not have a problem with Kendrick’s performance last night. Having 2 base runners in the top of the 6th should not be a big deal and relying on a reliever to come in and do his job, well, its expected that he get an out before allowing the bases to be cleared. So, I don’t have an issue at all with Kyle, he ran out of gas but did not give up the farm. Why the IBB? As I was watching the game I said “No, No, No!”

    I’m hoping that the leash is not too long with Durbomb & Horst or Valdes.

     
  • Posts: 835 schmenkman

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    On Brown’s diving attempt that got by him for a triple, in looking at the play, and based on virtually every reaction I’ve seen to it, it was his only chance to stop the ball, and he did nothing wrong on that play. Just heard some idiots on 97.5 rip him for him and had to say something.

     
    • Posts: 5152 Lefty

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      I agree, that ball went out there fast. IMO- In that split second, there was only one play.

       
  • Posts: 0 c schreiber

    Why oh why did we resign Durbin and then after ST keep him on roster. He wasn’t worth that much when he was here before and over time I can’t see how he could have gotten any better. He was the best “middle reliever” Amaro could have signed? Really!!!

     
 
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