HOUSTON — Royals manager Ned Yost said he didn’t catch much sleep last night, but not because he was worried about today’s do-or-die game against the Astros in Game 4 of the American League Division Series.
“You know what? It’s excitement,” Yost said. “I just think you get so amped up at times it’s hard to sleep.
“And it’s funny because as soon as you go to bed, bam, you’re sleeping. Then you roll over and it’s like, ‘Geez, I hope it’s five or six o’clock.’ And you look at the clock and it’s like 1.”
Slumber issues aside, Yost said he made pitching decisions Sunday with today in mind. He didn’t use relievers Kelvin Herrera or Ryan Madson to keep the deficit in check. Also, closer Wade Davis is fully rested.
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“They have the ability to go two innings if we need them, all three of, if we need them,” Yost said. “To be able to do that, with the off day (Tuesday), they’ll be ready to go again.”
But Yost is looking to use a formula that has worked for the Royals: Six innings from starter Yordano Ventura, then lining up the relievers with Herrera, Madson and Davis.
1. Alcides Escobar SS (.286 ALDS batting average)
2. Ben Zobrist 2B (.417)
3. Lorenzo Cain CF (.250)
4. Eric Hosmer 1B (.083)
5. Kendrys Morales DH (.364)
6. Mike Moustakas 3B (.100)
7. Salvador Perez C (.200)
8. Alex Gordon LF (.273)
9. Alex Rios RF (.125)
P Yordano Ventura (0-1, 13.50 ERA)
1. Jose Altuve 2B (.214)
2. George Springer RF (.364)
3. Carlos Correa SS (.231)
4. Colby Rasmus LF (.571)
5. Evan Gattis DH (.167)
6. Carols Gomez CF (.250)
7. Luis Valbuena 3B (.125)
8. Chris Carter 1B (.455)
9. Jason Castro C (.111)
P Lance McCullers Jr (0-0, 1st appearance)