Thursday, July 11, 2013

Davis to Deliver Child; Joseph Called Up

What a convenient time for Wade Davis to become a father, now hopefully he will be needed at the hospital for the next four months.

Donnie Joseph as I'm sure many of you know is the strikeout machine acquired along with that flaming pile of crap J.C. Sulbaran (I can;t believe Royals top scout Eric Hosmer missed again) on the Jonathan Broxton trade. In his minor league career, Joseph has struck out 12.2 batters per 9 innings with a WHIP of 1.261.

Since 2011, the former 3rd round draft choice has been particularly dominate against let handers striking out 30.1% of the lefties he has faced. During that time he has also limited them to a .178/.264/.278 line. If there is one thing the Royals bullpen has lacked over the last couple of years it is a weapon that can be deployed to shut down a lefty hitters.

I would expect Joseph to at least stay with the club through Sunday. Once the All-Star break ends room will need to be made for Davis to return to the roster. Hopefully, Joseph performs well because he would serve more value in the bullpen than J.C. Gutierrez, who has pitched fine, but might as well be Waldo in high leverage situations.

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