Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura may never mature on the mound. I think Adam Jones’ assessment is spot on.
“The guy has electric stuff but between ears, there is a circuit board off balance. He wants to be Pedro Martinez, go out there and have a damn sub 2.00 (ERA). Don’t go out and try to hurt somebody.”
Ventura and Baltimore’s Manny Machado were ejected after a fifth inning brawl, following Ventura’s 99 mph fastball that plunked Machado.
The two exchanged words in the second inning, after Ventura threw in tight.
Of course this all followed after the Orioles tagged Venutra with four in the first inning and one more in the second of a 9-1 loss.
It was the Royals’ sixth straight loss.
The score really doesn’t matter with Ventura. If this were any other pitcher, we could pass off the excuse of frustration–the team in the middle of a losing streak, down 5-0–but this is Ventura.
He has a history of exploding and he flipped–again.
Good thing he drilled Machado in the backside and the ball didn’t ride up. His fastball becomes a weapon.