5). Joakim Soria Has Decapitated The Royals Three-Headed Monster
Joakim Soria, in a word, has sucked in 2016. Signed to a three-year, $27 million deal last winter, Soria has put an end to the KC Royals three-headed bullpen monster.
Soria started the season as the set-up man, got demoted to seventh inning guy, and is now failing at that job. Handed a 6-5 lead Tuesday night, he not only failed to hold it, but gave up two runs and the lead in a game that the Kansas City Royals desperately needed to break out of a losing streak.
That’s just not getting the job done.
Soria just doesn’t look comfortable on the mound, which follows from tying a team record for balks in a season with three. That’s pretty bad when you’re a reliever and it’s only early May. He’s doing something in his motion that is triggering the umpires, and Soria needs to get it sorted out before the team can trust him in a tight game again.
Joakim Soria’s 4.96 ERA is throwing a monkey wrench into a back end that had been almost unhittable until Kelvin Herrera got rocked last night.
The KC Royals will send Yordano Ventura (2-2, 4.65 ERA) to the mound against Michael Pineda (1-3, 5.73 ERA) for the New York Yankees 6:05 CST at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York on Wednesday, May11.