Shields, who has thrown more than 200 innings in each of the last six seasons, was sitting at 102 pitches after his eight innings of work.  In 27 of his 33 starts in 2012, Shields threw 102 pitches or more. 

In fact, in his third start of the 2013 season, Yost let Shields take a nine-inning complete game loss against the Blue Jays in which he threw 115 pitches and was not nearly as dominating as he was against the White Sox.

Citing pitch count won’t fly here, Ned.  Shields should have stayed in to finish what he started.  Instead the Royals lost that game and haven’t been the same since.  Since that loss, Kansas City has tumbled to seven games under .500 thanks to just four wins in the 21 games that followed.  #Yosted.

*To add insult to injury, the Royals had to travel by bus down I-70 to reach St. Louis after losing two to the Cards at The K because their plane was grounded in Kansas City with mechanical issues.  #Yosted. 

*To add more insult to injury, the Royals blew a late lead against the Cardinals and lost 5-3 Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.  Former Mizzou pitcher Aaron Crow allowed four runs in the eighth inning.  The game-winning hit came from lefty Daniel Descalso…after Crow had given up four hits and two runs…and with lefty Bruce Chen idly waiting in the bullpen.  #Yosted.

**UPDATE: THURSDAY, 2:45 P.M.**

Seeking a reprieve from their 4-19 slump, and astounding lack of power, the Royals re-assigned their two hitting coaches, Jack Maloof and Andre David, and hired Hall of Famer George Brett (and Pedro Grifol) to replace them on an interim basis.

Will No. 5 help? 

Well, we know the man can hit.  Just look at the back of his baseball card. 

One thing Brett does have going for him is a working knowledge of the roster and each players strengths/deficiencies as a hitter.  Brett has served as an on-field coach during spring training for quite awhile.

He recently said the key to breaking a slump is to force yourself to have fun.

For whatever reason, the previous regime has turned Eric Hosmer into little more than a 6-foot-4 slap hitter.  Mike Moustakas hits the ball hard from time to time, but you can't have an MLB player in your everyday lineup hitting .187.  Where is the power from Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez, who each have just one home run this season?

Good luck, George.  Hopefully better than the luck you had that one time in Las Vegas looking for a bathroom. 


3) It was highly disappointing to see the Mizzou softball team fall flat in Super Regionals against Washington.  The senior class deserved better.  Pitcher Chelsea Thomas deserved better.

On Wednesday, she was named a 1st-team All-American for the third time in her collegiate career. 

She won two Big 12 Pitcher of the Year awards.

She won the 2013 SEC Pitcher of the Year award.

She won 111 collegiate games. 

My question to you: Was she the most dominant Mizzou athlete of all-time? 

 

4) The San Antonio Spurs are waiting for an opponent in the 2013 NBA Finals. 

On one hand: Commissioner David Stern could host a championship series featuring the bustling media markets of San Antonio and Indianapolis. 

On the other hand: Stern could host a championship series featuring the fascinating juxtaposition of San Antonio versus Miami. 

That Hail Mary you hear is coming from the NBA offices. 

At this moment in time, the Eastern Conference finals are tied at 2-2.  It now becomes a best-of-three series with two of those games coming in South Beach.