I’m conflicted… On one hand, I don’t want baseball to end. But on the other hand, the Royals aren’t playing, so what do I care. And on the other hand, I’m ready for the Hot Stove to fire up and get moving.
(Three hands? What the hell? Which one would I pitch with if I had to face Allen Craig?)
It’s still quiet in the Royals Universe. You know Dayton Moore is itching to pull the trigger on that first post World Series move.
So I think I’m going to steal the title of a link roundup from @DadBoner. It’s beginning to creep into my conversation. The other night I told my wife I was hungry and was looking for some bold flavors. She told me to leave her alone and write about baseball. OK… Consider this a weekend open thread…
In the meantime, for your reading pleasure…
— Aaron at Royal Heritage has a couple of interesting graphs about run scoring and run prevention and how it relates to World Series champions. See if you can spot the weak hitting heroes of 1985.
— Michael at Kings of Kauffman has a profile on Yordano Ventura. I wrote about him recently for a book project that is hitting the shelves next February (tease!) and have really taken a shine to him. Anytime you can get 88 strikeouts in 84 innings, you’ll get my attention.
— David at Pine Tar Press is doing the grade card thing for the Royals and takes a look at the management. I agree with his grade on Ned Yost.
— Jeff at Royally Speaking has a look at how the rotation can take a step forward in 2012.