Blue Jays-Royals Preview
Vin Mazzaro made a historic appearance the last time he pitched
for the Kansas City Royals, though it was the kind of outing which
led to a demotion rather than a celebration.
Given another opportunity to stick with the big club, Mazzaro
takes the mound Tuesday night against the visiting Toronto Blue
Jays hoping to rebound from one of the worst performances in recent
Mazzaro (0-0, 22.74 ERA) made a relief appearance May 16 against
Cleveland and was tagged for 14 runs and 11 hits in 2 1-3 innings
of Kansas City’s 19-1 loss. He became the fourth pitcher since 1946
to allow 14 runs, but Mazzaro was the only one of the four who did
so in less than five innings.
The right-hander was sent to Triple-A Omaha immediately
following the game, but he’s won his three starts since arriving
back in the minors. Mazzaro will be making Tuesday’s start in place
of the injured Sean O’Sullivan, who went to the disabled list
Friday with tendinitis in his right biceps.
Manager Ned Yost said he plans to give Mazzaro at least two
starts to be further evaluated.
“He’s gone back and thrown three straight quality starts and we
need to give him an opportunity. We need to give him a chance. We
need to give him a look,” Yost told the team’s official
Mazzaro made his only other start this season May 11 against the
New York Yankees, allowing two runs in four innings. He didn’t fare
well in his only career start against Toronto on Aug. 2, 2009,
while pitching with Oakland, allowing seven runs and 10 hits
through five innings of a 7-2 loss.
The Royals (26-34) snapped a four-game losing streak Monday with
a 3-2, 11-inning victory against the Blue Jays when Eric Hosmer
singled in the winning run.
Hosmer went 2 for 5, drove in two runs and scored the other
while extending his hitting streak to eight games. The rookie is
hitting .400 with nine RBIs during that span.
”I just knew Hosmer was going to get a hit,” Yost said. ”I
said there’s no way we’re not going to win this game in this
Toronto (30-30) has lost four of six overall and five of six at
Jose Bautista, who played 13 games for the Royals in 2004 before
being traded, drove in a run and now has 13 RBIs in his last seven
contests against his former team, including a pair of five-RBI
However, the major league leader in home runs with 20 has gotten
off to a slow start in June, going 3 for 17 (.176), and also has
gone a season-high eight games without a homer. Despite the slump,
Bautista still is tied for the league lead with a .348 average.
The Blue Jays will turn to Kyle Drabek (3-4, 4.69 ERA) in hopes
of getting back on track, though the youngster has struggled of
Drabek lasted only two-thirds of an inning Wednesday in a 13-9
loss to Cleveland, allowing four runs, three hits and three walks.
He’s 0-2 with a 6.08 ERA in his last three starts while issuing 11
walks and yielding 14 hits in 13 1-3 innings.
Drabek has never faced the Royals.