|KC Royals||6-9||1:10 PM||Greinke (2.25)|
|Omaha Storm Chasers||9-10||6:35 PM||Kowar (8.64)|
|NWA Naturals||7-9||7:05 PM||Veneziano (18.47)|
|Quad Cities River Bandits||5-11||6:30 PM||Murdock (6.52)|
|Columbia Fireflies||6-9||4:05 PM||Avila (8.44)|
|Game Two||TBD||Cerantola (4.76)|
- The White Sox are sputtering in the worst of ways right now, losers of eight consecutive games with seemingly half of their lineup on the IL. The Royals took game one of the series 6-0 last night and send their $15M ace to the mound today in game two. Despite a run differential of -18, the Royals find themselves in third place in the AL Central at 6-9. I’m not going to pretend like contention should be the expectation here or anything, but if you want to try to keep things competitive into the summer, beating up on the White Sox here would be a great start.
- I’m almost to the point where I think the Royals have broken Jackson Kowar. I’m not actually there yet. I think he’ll be fine, BUT it would be nice to start to see him trend the right direction. He’s not even close to the same pitcher we saw at AAA last year.
- Anthony Veneziano is killing me in the RFR Fantasy League. His control to begin this season has been nothing short of horrific. So bad, in fact, that you can’t even really evaluate his stuff at the AA level yet because it isn’t being located well enough to get an extended look. He got off to a slow start last year too before dominating High-A down the stretch, so I’m not worried, but I’d really like to be able to tell y’all, “Yeah that’ll play,” or, “Okay maybe he’s best suited as a reliever long-term.” We all know what the answer will be if he doesn’t start controlling the strike zone better.
- Noah Murdock missed most of last season, so I’m not going to spend much time evaluating him until June…probably. Good stuff, control has just been a little spotty in the early going.
- Luinder Avila was freaking nails in his outing last week. Six strikeouts in five shutout innings and looked dominant with everything he threw. His fastball was touching 96-97 at times, a tick up from last year, and still looked to have the good movement we liked about the pitch last summer. Super excited to see how he rebounds from a great start this week.
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