After talking about some of the many news stories that came out during the week, Hunter, Matt and I discuss the injury to Aroldis Chapman‘s skull. We talk about why the MLB needs to put a fire under funding and approving protective headgear for pitchers and how, despite the seriousness of the injury, this particular scenario played out as well as it could have.
We then move onto talk about many of the injuries across the league and how they affect the teams that are competing with the Royals for a playoff spot. We focus on Tigers Shortstop Jose Iglesias, who will not be able to play for most of the season with stress fractures to both tibiae. His loss changes the face of the Tigers’ defense and could cost the team big.
Because the Kansas City Royals remain healthy, they could take advantage of the dinged up league and start hot out of the gate while their team heals up. The Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, and Seattle Mariners are all dealing with a plethora of injuries, with both short-term and lengthy rehab stints.
The Royals also finally decided on what to do with left-handed-pitcher Danny Duffy. Then undecided. Then re-decided. He will be shipped off to the minor leagues to work on command of his fastball and controlling the strike zone. We are hopeful that he can get it together to contribute to the major league club when Bruce Chen inevitably breaks down.
We preview the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Their offense is still strong despite some declining players. They still have Mike Trout and that always counts for something. A lineup with Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Trout and Howie Kendrick has a pretty decent floor, even if they aren’t playing up to their ceiling. Top that off with the impressive Calhoun and they have a nice offense.
They have a strong front-end for their rotation in Jared Weaver and C.J. Wilson, but weak back-end starters. Their bullpen is one of the worst in the American League. They have no farm system to dip into if they want to make a trade for a reliever mid-season, so they may be stuck with what they have.
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