“It’s very, very early. And again, it’s 11 games into the season! If we’re still talking about this in May, then maybe it’s worth discussing.”
Andy McCullough, on Moustakas being platooned, benched or sent to Omaha or barbequed or…, 810 AM
GH: Yes, it IS early. But our Royals just got swept by the Twins – supposedly the worst team in the AL! With the trade of Wil Myers for two seasons of James Shields, I would argue that it might be time to worry – despite just 11 games into the Royals must-win season.
“When a guy (like Billy Butler) starts hitting more ground balls than he ever has – even after just 11 games – you start to wonder if this is a real change. So far this year, I know it’s only been 11 games but his ground-ball ratio is 73%. It was up last season and it was 53%. He’s hit three fly balls this year and of those three, two have been pop ups. So he’s basically hit one fly ball so far this season. He’s been swinging at pitches he shouldn’t be swinging at.”
Rany Jazayerli, on Billy Butler’s struggles at the plate, er, dish, u… I mean when he is at bat, 810 AM
GH: We all kind of hoped Butler’s slide last season was a bit of a fluke. With each ugly at bat this season we are starting to wonder how Butler could lose his skill with a bat at the prime of his career. Last week I thought this team might dominate the AL Central. This week I am wondering how they’ll beat the Astros. This is the life of a Royals fan.
“Is it possible that the trade rumors have gotten into (Butler’s) head, that he’s just not mentally strong?”
Soren Petro, while talking to Jazayerli about Butler, 810 AM
GH: Geez! With all of the worrying Ned Yost does about his players’ domes, how can this be? It sure looks like there are more dome lights flickering in the Royals’ clubhouse and front house than a 1957 Chevy show room.
“Alright, confession time. I’ve bet the #Royals 4 times this year and I’m staring 0-4 in the face.”
Danny Parkins, @DannyParkins, as the Royals were heading to being swept by the Twins, Twitter
GH: Well, some of us are worse off than others when it comes to the Royals early swoon.
“The Royals have not used a pinch hitter this season. That’s kind of astounding.”
Rany Jazayerli, 810 AM
GH: I cannot believe this stat is true. No pinch hitters for a team that can’t score or homer? Is Ned so frozen by messing with his players’ domes that he can’t make even the most obvious changes to his in-game lineup? I would guess yes.
“If he’s not going to pinch hit for Escobar, he’s not going to pinch hit for Moustakas.”
Andy McCullough, Royals beat writer for The Kansas City Star, when asked by The Border Patrol why Ned Yost didn’t have Danny Valencia pinch hit against the lefty in the ninth, 810 AM
GH: What a perfect way to put it.
“It seems like the only reason they have (Valencia) on the team that if after a hundred at bats Moustakas still stinks then they have another option.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
“Who do you put in there (at third)? If you want to bench Moustakas or send him down, who do you want to put in there? If you’re going to tell me Valencia, well I’m here to tell you he’s not the answer.”
Henry Lake, the former Minneapolis sports talk host, who watched Valencia play for the Twins for parts of three seasons, 610 AM
GH: So…Valencia’s Gio with a Minnesota accent? Damn.
“They’re not giving up on Moustakas just yet. It’s only been 11 games. That is the message that Ned Yost seems to think he would be delivering to Moustakas that we no longer believe in you if we pinch hit for you.”
Andy McCullough, 810 AM
GH: And it has worked so well over the last year…
“Yes, it’s only 11 games but this for Moustakas is a continuation from last year. So it’s really 173 games. We’re anxious because we went through this last year. How much longer can you go with him?”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: McCullough was trying to be the calming voice of reason as he spoke to The Border Patrol Monday morning, even to the point of frustrating them and I am sure a number of frustrated Royals fans. But McCullough’s job is to state what he knows, not what he thinks. Bob Dutton was similar in how he approached the Royals’ beat for The Star. I find it frustrating as well and one reason beat writers often make poor radio interviews. They are not comfortable sharing their opinions and therefore come off sounding like homers – when they are actually just doing what they’ve been trained to do.
“Yeah, (Aaron Crow) has struggled. But it’s not like every time out he’s been terrible.”
Andy McCullough, 810 AM
GH: Okay, this might be stretching how far and how long you can ride the fence, Andy.
“This stuff with the cat really has me re-examining everything I thought I thought about Bo Pelini.”
Tully Corcoran, @tullycorcoran, after Pelini appeared in the Nebraska spring game tunnel walk petting a @FauxPelini -like cat, Twitter
GH: I don’t know how many people in Nebraska follow what goes on with Twitter but this move by Pelini – after tweeting @FauxPelini a few months ago – makes me want to like the guy. I don’t really like much about what I’ve seen from Pelini as the head coach of Nebraska. Maybe people do change. We’ll see.
“You may have heard that Bubba Watson won the 78th Masters on Sunday at Augusta. Shortly thereafter he and some friends — that’s wife Angie bottom right and a pastor friend named Judah Smith and his wife across the table — celebrated at a local Waffle House. Which is the most Bubba place ever to celebrate.”
Kyle Porter, golf writer, cbssports.com
GH: Watson won $1.6 million as the Masters champ. That will buy a lot of pecan waffles and scattered and smothered hash browns.
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