It Hurts When I Swing, Doc
So Coco Crisp was ready to go yesterday, but the Royals decided to give him an extra day off because Roy Halladay’s stuff is apparently so good it doesn’t just tie hitters in knots, it breaks them:
“I didn’t want, going into the off day, to take a chance on the high velocity and nasty stuff of Roy Halladay setting (Crisp) back,” manager Trey Hillman said. “I don’t know that it would have. I just don’t want to take that chance.”
Instead, they have decided to baby him back by starting him next against Cliff Lee. Nuff said.
In other news, B.J. Ryan is apparently “giving off the right signs” after one perfect inning, despite a 4.70 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP since his return. It’s a sad day when you’re making a mountain out of your former fireman retiring Brayan Pena (12 at bats this season), Mitch Maier (hitting .234 and 4 for his last 29) and David DeJesus (batting .232) in order. Especially when most of the pitches he threw were left up and right down the middle:
Sadly, it’s been so long since Ryan was dominant that pitch f/x didn’t exist, but I feel confident in claiming this is not yet the Ryan of old. Especially against the two lefties, his bread and butter used to be fastballs down and away and the sweeping slider off the plate. Those 88-mph meatballs are going to get pounded if he keeps throwing them.