Joakim Soria Has Issues in Grinding Save

Todd FarinoCorrespondent IMay 8, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 12:  Joakim Soria #48 of the Kansas City Royals delivers the pitch against the New York Yankees on April 12, 2009 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

It has been a while since I last saw Joakim Soria pitch, and it didn't look good for him.

Soria entered a 3-0 game in the ninth against Seattle to attempt his seventh save of the season. After getting the first two batters out, including striking out Russell Branyan on a sweet curveball, he gave up two hits and two walks. This culminated in a late rally from the Mariners that fell short by two runs. He eventually got Ichiro Suzuki to ground out to end the game.

Soria had poor control of his curveball, and he threw a few fastballs in the dirt. He is still suffering from a sore shoulder. This is something we will keep an eye on.

We have a feeling the Royals will start to use Juan Cruz more to give Soria rest in between appearances until the shoulder injury has fully healed.

His WHIP today was 4.00, and that is unlike Soria, whose season WHIP coming in was 1.04. If you have the roster spot, it might be time to protect your closer with Juan Cruz.