Pitching Perspectives (3/17-3/23)

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The Royals finished the week with a 3-2-1 record. If there is a trend for the Royals thus far in spring training, it is that they like tie ball games.

Zack Greinke pitched Wednesday against the Mariners and again got lit up like a Christmas tree.  In 5.0 innings he gave up 11 hits, 6 runs, 1 walk, 2 home runs and struck out 4.  The game was on FSN so I got to witness the shellacking first hand.  He now has an 8.27 ERA for the spring, but that looks good compared to Meche, Ramirez, and Bannister.

Gil Meche pitched Saturday against the Diamondbacks.  In 3.2 innings he allowed 8 hits and 3 runs, issued 2 walks and recorded 3 strike outs.  His spring ERA is now 10.45.

Kyle Davies pitched Tuesday against the Rockies and Monday against the Padres.  In 8.1 innings, he gave up 8 hits, 6 runs, 7 walks, 3 home runs and recorded 7 strike outs.  His start against the Rockies was rough, but aside from 4 walks, he was solid in his second start against the Padres.  I am getting more and more excited to see him pitch in the regular season this year.  Something in my gut keeps telling me that Kyle Davies has arrived.  His spring ERA currently stands at 3.00.

Luke Hochevar pitched Friday against the Dodgers.  In 4.0 innings pitched, he allowed 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and struck out 1.  Not the best start to be sure, but not terrible either.  Hochevar now sports a 3.86 ERA this spring.

Horacio Ramirez pitched on Monday against the Angels and set a new standard for a “Ho-Ram” start.  In 2.0 innings he allowed 10 hits, 9 runs, 3 home runs, walked 2 and struck out 1.  With a spring ERA of 10.29 and a WHIP of 2.50, suddenly Sidney Ponson is looking like a good idea.

Brian Bannister did not pitch with the major league team this week.

Week 1: ERA of 4.15 with a WHIP of 1.77 in 13.0 innings
Week 2: ERA of 4.50 with a WHIP of 1.23 in 26.0 innings
Week 3: ERA of 6.67 with a WHIP of 1.85 in 29.2 innings

Kansas City

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

WHIP

3/17-3/23

23.0

42

27

27

14

15

8

10.57

2.43

Below is the performance of the rest of the pitchers in camp for the week:

Kansas City

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

WHIP

Roman Colon (R)

3.2

4

3

0

1

3

0

0.00

1.36

Juan Cruz (R)

2.0

3

1

1

3

3

0

4.50

3.00

Lenny DiNardo (L)

1.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0.00

2.00

Brandon Duckworth (R)

6.0

5

1

1

2

2

1

1.50

1.17

Kyle Farnsworth (R)

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

1.00

Tim Hamulack (L)

1.1

2

0

0

0

2

0

0.00

1.50

Devon Lowery (R)

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.00

0.00

Victor Marte (R)

2.0

3

4

2

1

1

2

9.00

2.00

Franquelis Osoria (R)

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.00

0.00

Joel Peralta (R)

1.0

4

2

2

0

2

1

18.00

4.00

Heath Phillips (L)

0.2

4

3

2

0

0

0

26.87

5.97

Joakim Soria (R)

3.0

2

0

0

0

4

0

0.00

0.67

Robinson Tejada (R)

3.1

7

7

7

5

4

3

18.92

3.60

Doug Waechter (R)

0.2

3

4

4

1

1

0

53.73

5.97

Jamey Wright (R)

2.0

3

1

0

1

3

0

0.00

2.00

Yasuhiko Yabuta (R)

2.0

2

2

0

2

3

0

0.00

2.00

The Bad: Joel Peralta, Heath Phillips, Robinson Tejada and Doug Waechter
The Good: Brandon Duckworth and Joakim Soria

Julio Pimentel has elected to not have surgery and will instead rest his arm in hopes his elbow ligament and bone fracture will heal in time.  Based on previous reports, he is likely out at least 6 weeks.

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