Dust off your book of DH arguments, Ned Yost shared his opinion. Per MLB.com’s Jack Magruder, the Royals’ skipper said he prefers managing in the American League as opposed to the National League because “frankly, it is a lot easier.”
Thanks to the DH rule, American League managers have comparatively fewer things to worry about during a game than their NL counterparts. He doesn’t have to balance pinch-hitting for a poorly-throwing pitcher early in the game, nor does he necessarily have to get his bullpen moving during a close game in the seventh inning should his offense put runners on base by the time the pitcher’s spot in the lineup comes up.
Yost, of course, did manage in the NL, leading the Brewers from 2003 to 2008. His Brewers compiled a 457-502 record, reaching the post-season in 2008 but he was fired in September and replaced by Dale Sveum. Yost is speaking from experience having played both sides.
Update: Dusty Baker will also interview for a second time on Monday, per James Wagner of the Washington Post.
The Nationals have narrowed their search for a new manager down to two candidates: Dusty Baker and Bud Black. According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, Black is currently in Washington, D.C. and will interview for a second time with the Nationals on Monday.
After the inexperienced Matt Williams led his squad to a disappointing second place finish this past season, the Nationals are searching for a new manager with plenty of prior experience. Black managed the Padres from 2007 until he was fired 65 games into the 2015 season. Across those nine seasons, the Padres went 649-713 under Black’s leadership and never reached the playoffs.
Marlins GM Dan Jennings went from the front office to the dugout after the club let go of then-manager Mike Redmond. The Marlins went 55-69 under Jennings’ leadership, so it was no surprise when the team said they would go in a new direction for a manager.
The assumption was that Jennings would return to his previous role, but president David Samson told Jennings not to report to work just yet, as Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. Jennings has some questions about his responsibilities going forward, and he will discuss that with owner Jeffrey Loria. Jackson notes that Loria is considering the input of more people now, including president of baseball operations Michael Hill, vice president of player development Marc DelPiano, assistant GM Mike Berger, and director of pro scouting Jeff McAvoy.
MLB.com’s Mike Petriello crunched some numbers and found that the Royals have struggled against high-velocity fastballs. The Royals hitters’ collective strikeout rate against fastballs in the 91-96 MPH range sat just above 10 percent, but rose to near 25 percent against 97-99 MPH fastballs and nearly 35 percent against 100+ MPH fastballs.
According to MLB.com’s Statcast, Mets starter Noah Syndergaard has already thrown 16 pitches during the post-season that registered at 100 MPH or faster. His fastball has averaged 98.5 MPH. Teammate Jacob deGrom‘s fastball has averaged 96.3 MPH and Matt Harvey‘s has come in at 95.7 MPH. Closer Jeurys Familia is no slouch either, averaging 96.3 MPH.
As this post-season has shown, things rarely go as they’re predicted. The trends show that the Royals could have their hands full with the Mets’ pitchers, but they have made a habit out of proving everyone wrong for going on two seasons.
Mets manager Terry Collins set his World Series starting rotation on Saturday afternoon. Royals manager Ned Yost has yet to set his rotation. Why? As Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports, Yost said, “Because I’m being a little bit of a punk.”
The actual strategical benefit of withholding this information is minimal. While the Mets still don’t know which pitcher they’ll face in Game 1, they can reasonably deduce it will be Edinson Volquez or Johnny Cueto, pitchers whose scouting reports they’re studying already anyway. There won’t be any surprises.