Royals manager Ned Yost isn’t staying away from Yordano Ventura after his rough Wild Card Game relief appearance, announcing that the 23-year-old right-hander will start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Angels.
Ventura served up a three-run homer to Brandon Moss last night before the Royals came back to beat the A’s. In the regular season he made just one relief appearance, but he was fantastic all year for the Royals with a 3.20 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 183 innings.
Jason Vargas, who spent last season in the Angels’ rotation before signing with the Royals as a free agent, will start Game 1 for Kansas City. Vargas tossed 187 innings with a 3.71 ERA in the regular season, but struggled down the stretch by allowing 18 runs in his final 18 innings.