HOUSTON -- The Kansas City Royals' Ned Yost might be considered an old-school manager, just don’t mistake him for a get-off-my-lawn type of guy.
With the news that the retractable roof will be closed Sunday for Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Houston's Minute Maid Park, Yost expressed delight that the volume meter will be put to the test.
“I think somebody said last time they opened the roof because the opposing team complained that it was too loud,” the 61-year-old Yost said. “I like loud. That doesn't bother me. I like loud. I don't see any advantage or disadvantage for either team to have the roof opened or the roof closed.”
The Astros played with the roof open just 12 times in the 2015 regular season, posting a 9-3 record.
The roof, though, was the least of Yost’s concerns. Not only did his team have to face American League Cy Young Award favorite Dallas Keuchel on Sunday, he had to make considerations for a quick turnaround to Game 4 on Monday afternoon.
Yost will send Yordano Ventura to the mound Monday on just three days rest. But the right-hander will be relatively fresh after throwing just 42 pitches in Game 1 on Thursday. Ventura was laboring slightly that day and was pulled after a 49-minute rain delay that came at the end of the second inning.
“I was probably going to go with him [anyway],” Yost said when asked if Ventura’s short start in Game 1 influenced his Game 4 pitching decision. “We sat down as a group and looked at it. Ventura bounces back really, really well. We wanted to have our best power arms coming at these guys. It made sense to go Ventura, [Johnny] Cueto, (Edinson Volquez), and then Ventura, Cueto again. That's why we got Johnny, to pitch in big games.”
Ventura said he feels good physically, even with the short rest, and he is prepared mentally since he always knew that Games 1 and 4 were his days to pitch.
“Obviously it's a different situation, but my routine is going to remain the same,” Ventura said through an interpreter. “I’ve got a good defense behind me and I’m ready to go for tomorrow. I'll attack the strike zone, let my defense play.”