Spring Training stats don’t mean much. Well, they pretty much mean almost nothing: maybe less than nothing. But….
Thus far, the new three-headed monster at the back of the pen (Davis-Soria-Herrera) have one earned run in ten innings, while striking out nine and walking one. Sure, Soria gave up a home run in his first outing that went as unearned, but we are in the afterglow of a Championship, so let’s just be happy.
Throw in the established ‘number four man’, Luke Hochevar and his three innings of scoreless work and add Dillon Gee – now appearing to be a lock for the roster – and his five innings and one run resume and the first five names in Royals’ 2016 bullpen have allowed two earned runs in 18 innings.
And if, like me, you think a 95 mph throwing Wang sounds like a peachy addition, one could reasonably offer that the first SIX relievers in the pen have been touched for just three earned runs in TWENTY-FOUR innings of work. Good Lord that IS set of numbers that look good together.
But Spring Training numbers don’t mean a thing. They really don’t. Angel Berroa would be in the Hall of Fame if they did and Mike Montgomery would be the Royals’ Opening Day starter for the third consecutive year if March stats mattered. Still, better to have good numbers than bad, right?
All of this is interesting in that IF the Royals’ pen is on par – both in depth and quality – with what it was last year….Well, that goes a ways towards assuaging fears about what Kansas City will get from its starting rotation. It also plays into just how Ned Yost and Dayton Moore construct their 25 man roster for an early season that has the Royals playing two games over the first five days and five off days total in the season’s first 26 days.
That, however, is a discussion for another day. Another day over at BPKansas City, my friends.