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Royals replacing Soria as closer

Posted on: May 30, 2011 9:02 pm
Edited on: May 30, 2011 9:53 pm
 
Joakim SoriaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

After Sunday's Joakim Soria meltdown, manager Ned Yost calmly answered questions about his embattled closer.

No, he wouldn't replace him. Yes, if the Royals were in a save situation in the ninth on Monday, he'd call on Soria. In fact, Yost said, the worst thing he could do at that point was pull Soria from the closer's role.

Well, on Monday Soria got another shot to close out a game with the Royals leading the Angels 8-7. He struck out the first batter he faced. Then Bobby Abreu singled and on an 0-2 count, Torii Hunter gave the Angels the lead with a homer to left. Soria allowed another run on two more hits before finishing the inning. It was his fifth blown save in 12 chances this season. Last season he converted 43 of 46 save opportunities. 

"Last night I asked for another chance and if I blew another save, I'd need a break, and that happened," Soria said.

Shortly after the Royals' 10-8 loss, the Royals announced the next time there was a save situation, rookie Aaron Crow will get the call.

Crow, a first-round pick by the Royals in 2009, has spent most of his career as a starter, but has been a reliever this season -- and he's been excellent. In 22 appearances, he's pitched 27 innings, allowed 19 hits and four runs, while striking out 26 and walking nine. He's 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA and a 1.037 WHIP. He has a 2.91 xFIP.

The 24-year-old right-hander throws in the mid-90s, but it's his slider that has been his best pitch so far this season. 

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Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 9:46 am
 

Royals replacing Soria as closer

After Sunday's meltdown, manager Ned Yost calmly answered questions about his embattled closer.

No, he wouldn't replace him. Yes, if the were in a save situation in the ninth on Monday, he'd call on Soria. In fact, Yost said, the worst thing he could do at that point was pull Soria from the closer's role.

Well, on Monday Soria got another shot to close out a game with the Royals leading the 8-7. He struck out the first batter he faced. Then singled and on an 0-2 count, gave the Angels the lead with a homer to left. Soria allowed another run on two more hits before finishing the inning. It was his fifth blown save in 12 chances this season. Last season he converted 43 of 46 save opportunities. 

"Last night I asked for another chance and if I blew another save, I'd need a break, and that happened," Soria said.

Shortly after the Royals' 10-8 loss, the Royals announced the next time there was a save situation, rookie will get the call.

Crow, a first-round pick by the Royals in 2009, has spent most of his career as a starter, but has been a reliever this season -- and he's been excellent. In 22 appearances, he's pitched 27 innings, allowed 19 hits and four runs, while striking out 26 and walking nine. He's 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA and a 1.037 WHIP. He has a 2.91 xFIP.

The 24-year-old right-hander throws in the mid-90s, but it's his slider that has been his best pitch so far this season


You have to wonder if he's hurting. Here's a guy who saved 132 out of 145 opportunities before 2011 and this year just 7 of 12. His ERA was 2.04 coming in and now it's close to 7. Those numbers send up red flags.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 9:23 am
 

Royals replacing Soria as closer

I disagree. Soria has looked bad from the very start this season, and it has nothing to do with needing a fresh start. The Royals have been competitive in most every game they've been in this season, and unfortunately Soria has been one of our weaknesses. He's obviously hurt, or his mechanics have failed him, as I've seen him miss the strike zone SOOO many times this season. He can't throw his curve, his changeup is non-existent...I just think that the answer to this equation is to do exactly what they're doing: Give him a break. 

Besides, the Royals need pitching more than anything else. They're getting plenty of hits, some stellar defense, but the starting pitching is the most glaring weakness. I don't condone trading pitching for pitching...it just doesn't make sense.  



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:14 am
 

Royals replacing Soria as closer

What Joakim Soria and the Royals need is to part ways. Soria just needs a fresh start with another team and when that does happen then you will see the same dangers closer as usually in Soria. And there is no doubt that the Royals need help in a lot of things and trading Soria to a team who needs a great closer like him that the Royals would get some good players in his return for sure.


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