The Kansas City Royals lost to the Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the 9th inning on Opening Day. The game may have been lost in the 7th though.
On Monday afternoon, Ned Yost made the decision to put Aaron Crow in the game with one out in the seventh inning with the game on the line. It’s easy for me to sit here and criticize this move in hindsight as a writer not affiliated with the Royals, but that’s why I don’t have to make the decisions that Ned Yost does. However, I have two problems with this decision:
First of all, James Shields was pitching on Opening Day against a division rival. Even though he was over 100 pitches, and it was the first game of the year, Yost needs to let Shields finish that inning; or at least give him a chance to get out of his own jam.
It’s true that this is early April and the season is young, but as we learned from the Wildcard chase last year; every game matters. Especially games against the division favorite, Detroit Tigers.
James Shields is our ace. The guy that is supposed to get us out of tough jams. Keep him in.
Secondly, if Yost is going to go to the Royals bullpen, it is my belief that the best pitcher needs to be used when the game is on the line. This is just a personal opinion I have always had. Greg Holland is perhaps the best bullpen arm in the American League.
I don’t care if he is our closer, we need to use our best player when the game is on the line. Instead, we used Aaron Crow who is the worst of our excellent bullpen at getting out of an inning with inherited runners on base.
Like I said earlier, hindsight is always 20/20, and it is very easy for me to sit at my computer and criticize Ned Yost’s first move of the season. But this loss is on him. The Kansas City Royals can’t afford to lose any that they should’ve won, and this one hurts worse since it was on Opening Day. Let’s hope the boys in blue can rebound and take the Series in Detroit.