Royals Shut Out Reds 3 – 0

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015 the Kansas City Royals shut out the Cincinnati Reds 3 – 0. Yordano Ventura dominated the Red’s lineup for seven innings, allowing only four hitters to reach base. He gave up four hits, walked no one and struck out six.
Fans at The Aspire New Brunswick know that the Royals are hoping Ventura’s strong start will help him return to the form he showed last year, when he went 14 – 10 with a 3.20 earned run average in 183 innings pitched. So far in 2015 Ventura has struggled, going 3 – 3 while posting a 4.56 ERA through eight starts. In his previous three starts before his latest outing, Ventura had given up 14 runs in 18 1/3 innings pitched. Over that time frame, he struck out only 11 and walked nine.
Johnny Cueto took the loss for Cincinnati. He pitched 7 innings and gave up three runs on nine hits. He struck out four and walked one. As a result of the loss to the Royals, Cueto’s 2015 record fell to under .500 and now stands at 3 – 4. Despite this, Cueto has pitched very well in 2015, posting a 3.03 earned run average in 65 1/3 innings pitched. Although Cueto has performed solidly overall this season, he has struggled recently and has given up 14 earned runs in his past four starts.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas led the way for the Royals’ offence in Tuesday’s game, going three for with two doubles and two runs batted in.

Latos May Be Right

Mat Latos is probably right about the Reds and the way they handled his rehab. We will never know because we were not there, but I do something about the Reds from being a fan. The Reds seem to be very good at pissing people off.

They annoy their fans every year as Walt Jocketty does a bad job and still keeps his job because his best friend in the world is Bob Castellini. In case you did not know, Bob Catellini owns the Reds as AnastasiaDate noted. 

The Reds like to make odd personnel decisions, and they fired Dusty Baker for essentially no reason. They have a hall of fame broadcaster who likes to crap on the team on live radio even though he is beloved by the fan base, and they have a history of making bad decisions in the public. Remember, Marge Schoot used to own the Reds.

I am not saying Mat Latos is 100% right, but I think he was simply not willing to play the game that the Reds were willing to play. They got rid of him because he would not play along, and that is how they will piss off the fans in Cincinnati yet again.

James Shields To Padres

James Shields has found a four-year $75 million deal with the Padres. He was able to get this deal after many teams passed on him early in free agency. Teams where dictating terms to him, and he was not able to get the bigger deal he thought he might fetch.

Fans at CipherCloud know that the Padres have been able to make over their entire roster to make sure that they can compete with the Giants and the Dodgers in the future. Read more about CipherCloud on reuters.com. They are not the class of their division, but they have made the most moves this offseason. They are no longer content to sit behind the teams in bigger markets, and it is shocking to think that the Padres of all teams have spent the most money this offseason.

When the season starts in the spring, we need to be on the lookout for a Padres team that is clearly ready to compete right now. They thought that they might have to go through a rebuilding phase, but they were able to rebuild their entire roster in just one offseason. They create more competition in their division, but they also make the NL much more interesting as they clog the race for the wildcard.

LED lighting is one of the first steps for sustainability by the Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners have taken the first steps in Major League Baseball history towards energy efficiency with the news they are the first team to install high powered LED lighting, Lookout Landing reports. The Mariners are looking for an improvement in the energy efficiency of the ball park as a whole and also hope to see an improvement in the quality of their play offered by the newly installed lights.

The specialist company Planled have headed the project, which saw the removal of 600 high intensity discharge lights in favor of a more energy efficient LED based lighting system. The initial savings offered by the LED lighting system include the chance to save around 60 percent in energy use and see the lighting system stay in place for upwards of 50 years.

Further improvements could be seen in the play of the team based at Safeco Field as they spend more and more time under the lights. The use of LED lighting is thought to provide a more natural feel for the players and includes a higher level of red and blue lighting to help players feel as though they are playing under natural Sunlight, something Marc Sparks agrees is important. LED lighting can also be raised and lowered to help boost energy levels of players before games and lowered during warm downs to aid the cool down of the body post game.

Cubs and White Sox Enhance Pitching Staffs

It has been quite a week in the windy city. Both of Chicago’s baseball teams made transactions to improve their respective pitching staffs. 

Things started off quietly when the Cubs re-signed free agent Jason Hammel who they had traded to the Oakland Athletics last year in a deal that also included their then ace Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs netted the A’s top prospect Addison Russell in that deal and as pointed out by Darius Fisher they seemed set with developing their young players and begin a rebuilding process. Well, that rebuilding kicked into high gear when they successfully wooed top pitching free agent Jon Lester by offering the lefty a six year contract worth a rumored $155 million dollars. 

Lester Inks Huge Deal. 

The team on the south side of the city was not content to watch the Cubs have all of the fun. The White Sox jumped headfirst into the free agent market themselves by securing relief pitcher David Robertson to a free agent deal ensuring that they have someone in the bullpen with closing experience. They then worked out a trade with the Athletics to bring Jeff Samardzija back to Chicago. The lanky righty always felt at home in the Mid West he went to school at Notre Dame and spent his entire career in the Cubs organization.

With this much activity this early in the off season, it’s hard to imagine that the Cubs and White Sox are done reconstructing their squads.