For the Yankees vs Royals series, I did a little Q&A with Kings Of Kaufman staff writer Mike Vamosi. My answers can be found on the KOK site. Here are the questions I had for him:
The impact of James Shields cannot be stated enough that on and off the field he’s changed the clubhouse culture. Still is early to tell if it was the right move but to get pitching they needed to make this move. Myers is still in triple-A where Shields, Wade Davis and Elliot Johnson have made positive contributions to the team.
2. Talk about one hitter and one pitcher the Yankees should keep an eye on.
I could give you the usual choices of Alex Gordon or Billy Butler but I think Lorenzo Cain is a guy your fans should know about. He’s played really well on offense and defense this season so far plus is hitting the ball nearly everyday. Pitching outside of Shields is Ervin Santana who’s been great since coming over from LA this winter and you’ll see on Sunday.
3. Break down of the starting pitchers for KC this weekend.
Friday night is “Wildcard” Wade who has looked good at times this season but has had some tough starts as well. Saturday “Big Game” James toes the rubber and Yankee fans will know of how he’s been in his career against the pinstripes. In the series finale Sunday you’ll get Ervin the “Magic Man” who has eaten up innings while picking up wins for KC this season so far.
4. Can KC keep up their winning ways all year?
Hopefully, I know that doesn’t sound positive but the offense needs to pick it up consistently but they’ll have a chance to win if the rotation continues like they have. When Kansas City has a lead late expect them to keep it with the bullpen options of Aaron Crow, Kelvim Herrera and Greg Holland. It’s been awhile so hopefully the wins keep coming for this team and we get an exciting summer in KC.