This afternoon, after blowing his third save in a week Joakim Soria told Manager Ned Yost that he wanted to take a break from the closer role bringing rookie Aaron Crow into the job.
Going into the game, Yost was standing by Soria and saying that he was not going to mess with roles out in the bullpen.
Although, upon request of Soria he decided to allow a change.
Soria's struggles this season have been hard to understand for Royals fans. Coming into the season, he had a 2.01 ERA, a WHIP just below one, K/9 around 10 and a K/BB ratio of around four.
Through two months this season Soria has managed a 6.55 ERA, a WHIP of 1.68, a K/9 around seven and a K/BB ratio of 1.6.
You can see the huge difference.
A strikeout pitcher like Soria lives off of the K, but those are just not coming this year just watching a Soria appearance you can see that teams are hitting balls a lot harder than in past years.
Where he would get a easy ground out, players are now putting the ball in the air. At this point in the season, he has already nearly allowed as many runs as he did in his worst season total before.
Now coming into the fold is the rookie coming out of the University of Missouri named Aaron Crow. After being placed in the bullpen on opening day, Crow has done nothing but impress. He has only allowed runs in two games this season, and currently has a 1.33 ERA. He has a WHIP slightly above one and is almost striking out nine batters per nine innings.
The two big questions for Royals fans right now is if this is the right move and will Soria be able to come back to the Closer role this season.
I think that this is the right move. Most people have been noticing that something has been wrong with Soria since the beginning of the year.
Although most fans tried to wait it out and see if he could snap out of it. After an absolutely terrible last week, he need a break. Something isn't right, if that is mental or a physical injury, nobody is sure but hopefully this time off will get him right.
Depending on how Crow preforms in his new role and how much Soria progresses in his lesser spot, I could see him coming back sometime after the All-Star break.