Final score: Guardians 17, Royals 3.
It’s almost a Cleveland race for every dollar it costs to park at Kauffman Stadium!
Kansas City is still 2-1 and in first place in AL Central, albeit with a -11 race difference, and it’s just one game. It is important to keep in mind. But having said that, it was an absolutely awful day for the much talked about 2018 Royals draft class of pitchers. Kris Bubic, Jackson Kowar and Brady Singer all made their season debut and were promptly enlightened as Christmas trees by a Cleveland offense who had scored 1 run in the first 18 innings of the year.
The Royals were down 6-0 after the first half and 10-0 after two. I’m not going to spend time telling you how all these races scored. Steven Kwan looks like he’s about to become the next Fernando Tatis Jr. because the little lightning rod went the 5-to-5 ad reached six times today. Jose Ramirez hit a home. Oscar Mercado hit a grand slam in the first place. It was a good day for the Guardians, who picked up their first win since their name change.
Bubic, who was solid at times last year, earned No. 3 in the Royals rotation with a strong spring training performance. But despite showing some promising signs, I have never been super high on Bubic because I think his upside is limited compared to some of the team’s other pitching perspectives. On Sunday, he was an absolute disaster in his season debut, handing over seven base runners and scoring just two outs. He was drawn before the first inning was even over, with the Royals trailing 2-0, and Taylor Clarke came in giving up a backward grand slam to 6-0.
Jackson Kowar got the ball to start the second inning and he continued right where Bubic left off, giving up four runs. He worked a clean third, but gave up two more in the fourth and another in the fifth. His line: 3.1 innings, 11 hits, 7 runs. It’s Vin Mazzaro-like.
Gabe Speier hit 1.2 innings goalless before Brady Singer took over in the seventh, and he also had a hard time giving up four runs in the seventh and eighth frames. He hit at least a pointless ninth place. Nor is it the case that the Guardians got digs and dunks. The ball flew around the entire yard all afternoon as Cleveland managed 17 hits, four walks and seven extra-base strokes.
We knew this season that the rotation would be the team question mark. The attack has a lot of potential and the bullpen numbers are solid. The rotation will be what makes or breaks this team, and they will need the 2018 weapons to be miles better than they were today if they have a prayer that can fight. Zack Greinke will be fine and Brad Keller seems like a solid bid to come back, but if Kris Bubic really is your No. 3 starter, you’ll be fighting to get to 72 wins. I wanted to get Brady Singer in the rotation, simply because I think he’s one of the five most upside guys this team has in the position. I also think it would be a good decision to kick the tires on a Frankie Montas deal with As, given how many young bats this team has.
The offense got three runs, two of which came on the same turn in the third inning: a two-RBI double by Bobby Witt Jr. Ryan O’Hearn added a third run by hitting a double play narrowly at the bottom of the ninth. . It probably should not even count, because the team was down 17-2, but we will put it on his record. The team managed to have only five hits at the bottom of the ninth today. Salvador Perez had yet to get a hit this year. Carlos Santana and Whit Merrifield are both 1-to-12. With the exception of Andrew Benintendi, Hunter Dozier, Nicky Lopez and Witt Jr., the offense has made zero through three fights.
Here’s another talk: When only 28,000 people bought tickets for the opening day, some fans blamed the weather, but there were less than 20,000 in the stands both today and yesterday, and we had perfect weather both days. The royals have a problem with these numbers. It turns out that charging $ 22 for parking for a team that has not reached the playoffs in nearly a decade does not leave people flocking through the gates. There you can just see?
The Royals are 2-1. They have one more game in this series, so if they can win tomorrow, it would be a great start to the season. They will give the ball to Carlos Hernandez, who was the best Royals starter last year. He will oppose Aaron Civale, who is one of the young and promising arms of the Cleveland organization. The first pitch is at 13.10.