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05-14-2019, 05:43 AM,
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KANSAS CITY Chris Young Jersey , Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez got the big hit, though Adalberto Mondesi may have made the biggest plays.Before Alex Gordon’s walk and Perez’s game-winning single in the 10th inning, the fourth walk-off RBI of his career and second in two weeks, it was Mondesi’s two-out walk and two steals that set the stage for the Kansas City Royals‘ 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.“His aggressiveness was great, but also his patience was fantastic in that last at-bat,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “You kept thinking, ‘OK, if you get on, the chances of us winning this game are going to be great, even with two outs,’ because you know — boom — he’s going to put himself in scoring position and we’re just a hit away.”Neil Ramirez (0-3), who retired the first two hitters in the 10th, tried to get Mondesi to chase a full-count slider down and in.Mondesi laid off the pitch, then reached 30 steals in 72 games played this season after swiping second and third.A year ago, Mondesi probably hacks away and the teams may still be playing.“It just shows you his growth and how far he’s come, because last year that was an automatic swing 3-2 for a strikeout,” Yost said. “He’s made tremendous strides there.”Mondesi also hit his 13th home run for the Royals (57-102) — no longer in danger of matching the franchise record of 106 losses, set in 2005 — and made a game-saving defensive play in the eighth inning.The Indians had runners at second and third with two outs when Yandy Diaz chopped a slow roller between third baseman Hunter Dozier and Mondesi, who made a quick scoop and an off-balance throw to get a diving Diaz.“We practice on that every day,” Mondesi said of throwing across his body, “so when it comes in the game it’s a lot easier for us.”Yost was more effusive about the play.“That is a play in that situation that very few shortstops are going to make, because it does require such athleticism, such range and such arm strength to be able to complete that play,” Yost said.Jason Hammel (4-14) worked a scoreless 10th Cam Bedrosian Jersey , one of five relievers the Royals used in five scoreless innings from the bullpen.The AL Central champion Indians (89-70), who are locked into an AL Divisional Series matchup beginning next week with the reigning world champion Houston Astros, got their only run in the first.Francisco Lindor led off with a single, took second on a botched pickoff attempt and went to third on a balk by Royals starter Glenn Sparkman. Lindor scored on Jose Ramirez’s one-out sacrifice fly.Josh Tomlin pitched well for the Indians in his final audition for a postseason roster spot. He went 4 2/3 innings, allowing Mondesi’s only homer in the third with five strikeouts and no walks.“I’ve finally gotten to the point where I know what my body’s going to do,” Tomlin said. “I’m not trying to force the issue. I’m just out there throwing, playing catch. It seems like I’m just playing catch.”Tomlin, who has a 6.14 ERA this season, remains a longshot for the ALDS roster, but manager Terry Francona was encouraged by what he saw.“One cutter for the solo homer, kind of came across the plate, but other than that he spun the ball good,” Francona said. “I thought his cutter was as crisp as we’ve seen. He got some kind of funky swings with it and stayed off the barrel.”HITS LEADERThe Royals’ Whit Merrifield had two hits and moved into the major league lead with 188, one ahead of Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman. Merrifield has 53 multi-hit games on the season.HISTORIC THIEVERYGreg Allen has 21 steals after swiping second and third in the 10th inning. That gives the Indians four players — Jose Ramirez (34), Francisco Lindor (23), Rajai Davis (21) and Allen (21) — with at least 20 steals in a season for the first time since 1911, when the franchise was still called the Naps. “It’s something that we believe in and can help us make a difference,” Francona said. “That’s sometimes something that gets overlooked, and we certainly don’t want to.”TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: The Royals are healthy except for four players on the long-term disabled list — 3B Cheslor Cuthbert (strained lower back), OF Jorge Soler (fractured toe), RHP Jesse Hahn (elbow surgery) and RHP Nate Karns (elbow inflammation). LHP Danny Duffy (shoulder inflammation) also has been shut down for the season.Indians: INF Erik Gonzalez entered the concussion protocol after getting hit in the head by a pitch against the White Sox on Wednesday. Francona said Gonzalez experienced some nausea after getting beaned, but “is doing much, much better.” Gonzalez traveled with the team but there is no timetable for his return. … 1B Yonder Alonso got the day off. … Francona said OF Michael Brantley, who left Tuesday’s game after fouling a pitch off his right calf and then returned to the lineup Wednesday , sat for his regular day off and has no lingering effects.UP NEXTIndians RHP Mike Clevinger (12-8, 3.07 ERA) will make his final start of the regular season opposite Royals RHP Ian Kennedy (3-8, 4.59) as Francona gets his rotation set for the playoffs. With some offensive production and his old double play partner, things may not be all that bad."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers Season PreviewJordy Mercer will be a stopgap at shortstop in 2019, but that’s okayNew,7commentsWith some offensive production and his old double play partner, things may not be all that bad.EDTShareTweetShareShareJordy Mercer will be a stopgap at shortstop in 2019, but that’s okayReinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsThe 2019 Detroit Tigers season brings a variety of new faces to the table. Among these is Jordy Mercer, the team’s first new shortstop (intentionally, at least) in nearly five seasons.After declining to bring back glove virtuoso Jose Iglesias, the Tigers entered the offseason looking for someone to carry the infield captain’s flag going forward. After reportedly mulling over a list of suitors including Adeiny Hechavarria, Freddy Galvis, and Alcides Escobar, the Tigers settled on Mercer.Having spent his entire career to this point with the Pittsburgh Pirates and coming off of a season in which a couple of injuries limited him to 117 games, 2019 will be Mercer’s first season in the American League.The big question: Will he be an improvement?After seeing free agency slow to an arduous slog, it’s been long concluded that the Tigers acted early in signing Mercer, paying him $5.25 million for a one-year deal. Maybe too early. Of the aforementioned suitors, only Galvis received a major league deal, signing a one-year, $4 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. All of the others, including Iglesias, signed minor league deals. The Tigers potentially could have had most any other shortstop on the free agent market, perhaps even Iglesias, for a similar dollar amount. Which begs the question: will Mercer be much of an upgrade over the man he’s replacing?The answer: yes and no.Defensively Blake Parker Jersey , Iglesias holds an advantage on Mercer. A simple eye test over the years saw Iglesias covering plentiful ground on the infield, making plays with a lightning-fast glove and soft hands. There was Gold Glove buzz surrounding him for many of his seasons in Detroit, including a sterling 2016 season where he was viewed as something of a snub for the award.Contrarily, Mercer rates as an average to below-average defender, posting a career defensive runs saved (DRS) rating of -11 in 6,380 2鈦? innings at shortstop. His -9 DRS in 2018 matches a career low. His career -10 ultimate zone rating (UZR, -2.2 UZR/150) doesn’t exactly shine. One thing that will aid Mercer, however, is the Tigers’ late addition of Josh Harrison, Mercer’s long-time double play partner with the Pirates who will provide an air of familiarity and spark some chemistry as the two work with an infield that is otherwise new to them.Offensively, Mercer could be a perfectly adequate hitter. He has more home run power in his bat than Iglesias, regularly eclipsing the double-digit mark. Over the last three seasons Mercer has posted a batting average of .254 with weight on-base averages (wOBA) on-base percentages of .303 and .323, respectively. His walk rate over the span averages out to about 8.4 percent.The potential for Mercer to be a better lineup presence than his predecessor is clearly there, but there’s no guarantee. There are similarities to his approach at the plate. His strikeout numbers, while higher than usual in 2018, aren’t off-putting but are higher than any mark Iglesias ever posted. Mercer has drawn walks at a better rate than Iglesias in each of the last four seasons, but that’s not saying a lot given the latter’s career-high walk rate came in 2016 a lowly 5.5 percent. A deeper dig shows lower offensive value, with weighted runs created numbers (wRC+) regularly sitting in the ranges of 80-90. He has never figured as a significant WAR factor, with a career-high 2.0 WAR coming way back in 2014. Long story short: it probably all evens out in the end.What else will he bring?While Mercer is defensively behind and offensively on par with Iglesias, he will provide a veteran’s presence and guidance for a rebuilding team that has gotten younger and could see its first wave of prospects arriving by the late stages of the season. If you’re feeling really optimistic, it’s possible that he absolutely defies any expectations and endears himself as a trade chip at the July deadline.And, if all else fails, Tigers fans will at least have a front row seat to see one of baseball’s best bromances.

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