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Yordano Ventura | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Yordano Ventura was hit hard in a losing effort against the Mets in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday, surrendering five runs on seven hits in just 3 1/3 innings of work.
Ventura struck out one and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame. After the Royals had taken an early 1-0 lead, Ventura began the bottom of the first inning by allowing a leadoff single to Curtis Granderson and a two-run homer to David Wright. The Royals retook the lead in the second, only to see Ventura give up another pair in the third inning and another in the fourth before he was chased. He owns a disappointing 6.43 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in postseason play. He's in line to start a potential Game 7 if necessary. Oct 30 - 11:31 PM

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Yordano Ventura is lined up to start Game 3 of the World Series on Friday against the Mets.

Edinson Volquez is starting Game 1 and Johnny Cueto is starting Game 2. Ventura was great in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday night in Kansas City, pushing the Royals past the Blue Jays and back into the Fall Classic. The young right-hander will take the bump at Citi Field in Queens on Friday night.
Oct 26 - 2:25 PM

Yordano Ventura racked up five strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday night in Kansas City.

Ventura allowed just four hits and a pair of walks in the ballgame. The only damage against him came on a titanic blast off the bat of Jose Bautista in the fourth inning. He departed with a 2-1 lead and in line for his first victory this postseason, but the Royals bullpen was unable to hang on for him. Even with this strong outing, he boasts a troublesome 5.09 ERA and 1.58 WHIP this postseason.
Oct 24 - 12:21 AM

Yordano Ventura scattered eight hits and three runs with six strikeouts and two walks in 5 1/3 innings in the Royals’ win over the Blue Jays in Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday.

Similar to David Price, Ventura let one bad inning get the best of him. The Blue Jays’ sixth-inning rally started when Josh Donaldson’s popup struck a wire in foul ground, preventing what should have been an easy out. Donaldson then reached on an infield single and came around to score on a hit by Edwin Encarnacion. Ventura stayed away from breaking pitches, mostly relying on his fastball and changeup. He’ll oppose Price again in Game 6, if necessary.
Oct 17 - 7:41 PM

Yordano Ventura will start for the Royals in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays.

Edinson Volquez is taking Game 1 and ALDS Game 5 starter Johnny Cueto will handle Game 3 of the Championship Series. Ventura didn't pitch very well in his two Division Series outings, but the hard-throwing 24-year-old right-hander can dominate for stretches. He'll need to be at his very best against the lethal Toronto offense on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.
Oct 15 - 2:48 PM

Yordano Ventura gave up three earned runs over five innings, but the Royals defeated the Astros in Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday afternoon in Houston.

Ventura surrendered solo homers to Carlos Gomez and Carlos Correa in the second and third innings, and then Correa got to him again with an RBI double down the right field line in the bottom of the fifth. It looked like the Astros had punched their ticket to the ALCS when they tacked on another three runs on the Kansas City bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, but the Royals offense marched back with a five-run top of the eighth. Ventura has struggled in these playoffs, but he will be heavily relied on again if K.C. advances to the American League Championship Series.
Oct 12 - 5:15 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost indicated that he would probably start Yordano Ventura if the ALDS reaches a Game 4.

Ventura allowed three runs in two innings during Thursday's Game 1 loss to the Astros. He had thrown 42 pitches after his two frames of work, but didn't return to the contest following a 49-minute rain delay. Should he start Game 4, his arm should be fresh. Johnny Cueto will take the ball in Game 2 while Game 3 will see Edinson Volquez starting in Houston.
Oct 9 - 12:03 AM

Prior to being forced to sit due to a second-inning rain delay, Yordano Ventura surrendered three runs on four hits to the Astros in Thursday's 5-2 Game 1 loss in the ALDS.

Ventura loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning, with runs scoring on ground outs by Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis before the close of the frame. The 24-year-old right-hander would allow one more run in the second via an RBI single by Jose Altuve before the skies opened to delay the contest by 49 minutes. Chris Young would take over once action resumed. Because of the short start, Ventura's arm should be fresh--he threw just 42 pitches--if there's an opportunity to start later in the series. Johnny Cueto toes the Royals' Game 2 rubber on Friday.
Oct 8 - 11:43 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are prepared to start Yordano Ventura in Game 4 of the ALDS if they're facing elimination.

Morosi says that part of the reason they're going with Ventura over Johnny Cueto in Game 1 is because they think Ventura is the best suited of their starters to pitch on short rest. Edinson Volquez is lined up to pitch Game 3, with Chris Young likely to take the ball in Game 4 if Kansas City doesn't go with Ventura.
Oct 6 - 5:54 PM

Yordano Ventura will start Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.

Not a surprise, as this is how the Royals lined things up in recent days. Johnny Cueto will start Game 2 of the series while Edinson Volquez will pitch in Game 3. The Royals will face the winner of Tuesday's Wild Card Game between the Astros and the Yankees.
Oct 6 - 12:58 PM

Yordano Ventura was brilliant in Saturday's victory over the Twins, racking up 11 strikeouts over seven innings of one-run ball.

Ventura scattered just four hits and three walks on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day was an RBI single by Brian Dozier in the sixth inning. Riding a strong second half, Ventura finishes the regular season 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 156/58 K/BB ratio across 163 1/3 innings.
Oct 3 - 4:08 PM

Yordano Ventura dazzled with seven scoreless innings, but was saddled with a no-decision as the Royals lost to the Cubs 1-0 in 11 innings on Monday.

Ventura scattered two hits (both singles) and a walk with six strikeouts. He had no-hit the Cubs through five innings but Jorge Soler broke it up with a leadoff single in the sixth. The right-hander now has a 4.20 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a 145/55 K/BB ratio over 156 1/3 innings. Ventura will make his final regular season start in Minnesota against the Twins.
Sep 28 - 11:03 PM

Yordano Ventura pitched six innings of three-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision against the Mariners.

This is about par for the course from Ventura lately; he's given up 13 earned runs and 30 hits over 22 innings in his last four starts. It'd be nice to see him enter the postseason on more of a surge.
Sep 24 - 1:22 AM

Yordano Ventura yielded three runs -- two earned -- in five innings Thursday in a win over the Indians.

Ventura has followed up his best five-start run as a major leaguer by allowing 10 earned runs and 24 hits over 16 innings in his last three starts. Fortunately for him, the Royals offense has been strong enough to turn two of those three starts into wins anyway. He's 12-8 with a mediocre 4.40 ERA.
Sep 17 - 11:16 PM

Yordano Ventura picked up his 11th victory of the season on Saturday despite allowing four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings against the Royals.

Ventura punched out five on the afternoon while issuing three free passes. The bulk of the damage against him came on a three-run blast off the bat of Adam Jones in the third inning. He'll carry a 4.42 ERA and 1.34 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Indians in Cleveland.
Sep 13 - 3:27 AM

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C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
3Ramon Torres
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Raul Mondesi
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Jarrod Dyson
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Terrance Gore
3Brett Eibner
4Bubba Starling
RF1Paulo Orlando
2Jose Martinez
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Danny Duffy
4Kris Medlen
5Jason Vargas
6Kyle Zimmer
7Matthew Strahm
8Alec Mills
Relief Pitcher
R1Wade Davis
2Greg Holland
3Kelvin Herrera
4Luke Hochevar
5Louis Coleman
6Miguel Almonte
7Brian Flynn
8Tim Collins
9Scott Alexander