Royals Baseball Is Back
Finally! Royals baseball is back tomorrow. When everything COVID-related hit earlier this Spring, I feared baseball was done for the year. I wondered if I’d ever get a chance to discuss actual baseball this year. It was seriously depressing. Now it feels like Christmas Eve (or Christmas Eve Eve if you’re like me and have a large family that divvies up holiday attendances). Anyway, tomorrow in Cleveland at 6:10 PM CDT, the Royals’ 2020 season begins.
Anyone who says they know how this truncated, 60-game season is going to go is lying to you. More importantly, they’re lying to themselves. There are some important players (Brad Keller, Jakob Junis and Hunter Dozier) already on the IL thanks to COVID-19. Who can say where this team will be when they’re ready to start the season? I know this issue isn’t just affecting the Royals. Who knows what other big names might hit the IL or what will happen if a rash of players test positive during the short season? Enough with the what-ifs. Here’s what we know at the moment.
Royals current 30-man roster:
Pitchers : Danny Duffy, Mike Montgomery, Jorge López, Scott Barlow, Ronald Bolaños, Foster Griffin, Greg Holland, Ian Kennedy, Richard Lovelady, Kevin McCarthy, Trevor Rosenthal, Glenn Sparkman, Gabe Speier, Josh Staumont, Kyle Zimmer, Tyler Zuber (16 total)
Catchers: Salvador Perez, Meibrys Viloria, Oscar Hernández (3 total)
Infielders: Ryan McBroom, Nicky Lopez, Adalberto Mondesi, Maikel Franco (4 total)
Outfielders: Alex Gordon, Whit Merrifield, Bubba Starling, Brett Phillips, Jorge Soler, Franchy Cordero (6 total)
Utility: Erick Mejia (1 – apparently he can play every position except pitcher)
Injured List: Brad Keller, Jakob Junis, Hunter Dozier, Ryan O’Hearn, Cam Gallagher, Chance Adams, Kelvin Gutierrez, Randy Rosario
Bereavement List: Jesse Hahn
Royals reporter, Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB), tweeted a couple weeks ago that Brady Singer might be the opening day starter. That honor, however, goes to Danny Duffy. You may be thinking, Wait, Brady Singer isn’t even on the 30-man roster? Good eye. He’s supposed to be activated after Friday’s game and pitch in Saturday’s game. Why are they doing that with Singer? I have no idea. My guess is it has something to do with being on an Opening Day roster and his service time. Speaking of…
Fun fact: The Royals will have fourteen “first time” players on their Opening Day roster.
I’m going out on a limb and saying the Royals will find a couple-week hot streak and wind up 35-25. Anyone else have a prediction?