• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Royals SP Yordano Ventura tosses seven shutout innings Monday

    Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura took a no-decision despite tossing seven shutout innings Monday against the Cubs. He allowed just two hits and a walk and struck out six. Ventura was vicious, as he induced nine swinging strikes and 10 ground balls in just 94 pitches. It was the first time he has given up fewer than three runs in four starts. His ERA is down to 4.26 as he now has thrown consecutive quality starts after failing to do so in his previous three.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Royals SP Yordano Ventura strikes out four against Mariners

    Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura gave up three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four in six innings Wednesday against the Mariners. After failing to finish six in each of his last three outings, it was good to see Ventura put a cap on this one even though he didn't earn a decision. His white-hot five-start stretch that occupied most of August has given way to what's now a four-start streak of lesser outings, but Ventura should make two more starts down the stretch as he tries to pull his ERA back down toward the 4.00 mark.

  • by CBSSports.com Staff | CBSSports.com

    Royals SP Yordano Ventura notches 12th win on Thursday

    Royals starter Yordano Ventura (12-8) picked up a win while pitching around trouble on Thursday, as he allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks across five innings in a victory over the Indians. After a brilliant five-start stretch at the end of August, Ventura is struggling yet again. In his last four starts, Ventura has allowed 10 runs while conceding eight hits in every outing. The strikeouts have been down as well, as he has just nine in his last two starts. It's tough to put a finger on why Ventura has been so inconsistent, but the fact that his fastball is his worst pitch based on runs above average is a major contradiction from his prior seasons and what most people believe. Ventura has a favorable matchup in his next start when he hosts the Mariners on Wednesday.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Royals SP Yordano Ventura survives poor outing to win

    One can rarely predict if the good Yordano Ventura or bad Yordano Ventura is going to show up on any given start. The inconsistent Royals flamethrower has been a Jekyll-and-Hyde pitcher all year. The bad Yordano was on the mound Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, but he wasn't bad enough to lose when his team scored 14 runs. He fell behind 4-1 before transforming into the good Yordano for a short time. He finished having allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings with three walks and five strikeouts. Ventura yielded a three-run homer to Adam Jones in the third inning, but managed to work his way out of jams before relief came. A strong five-outing stretch in August and early September for Ventura has been followed by two poor performances. He has given up eight runs on 16 hits in his last 11 innings.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Royals SP Yordano Ventura remains on roll by stifling Tigers

    The new-and-improved Yordano Ventura continued to pitch like an ace Wednesday for the Royals. Ventura hurled seven innings against visiting Detroit and yielded only one run on five hits. Most indicative of his dominance was his one walk and 11 strikeouts. The lone run scored on a groundout in the sixth. The right-hander turned on the switch in early August and it has remained on. He has given up only four runs on 20 hits in his last 32 innings with a whopping 43 strikeouts. His 4.24 ERA is at its lowest point since April 12.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Royals SP Yordano Ventura powers past Orioles

    It took about four months, but Royals flamethrower Yordano Ventura has finally found himself on the mound. The Orioles paid for it Thursday. Ventura was dealing. He racked up a career-high 11 strikeouts in six shutout innings. He allowed just two hits and walked four in raising his record to 9-7. He walked two and struck out the side in the first, then really settled down. He retired seven in a row at one point and 10 of the last 12 batters he faced. Ventura has given up just three runs over his last 25 innings and has won his last five decisions. His ERA has shrunk to 4.41, its lowest point since May 31.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Royals SP Yordano Ventura earns win over Red Sox on Saturday

    Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura posted another quality start, earning the win on Saturday against the Red Sox. Ventura allowed one run on six hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out six, en route to the 6-3 victory. Ventura (8-7, 4.64 ERA) gave up his only run in his final inning of work. He has now recorded quality starts in three straight outings and in four of his last six. Over that six-game stretch, Ventura is 4-0 with a 3.32 ERA.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Royals SP Yordano Ventura strikes out seven in no-decision

    Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura struck out seven batters during his start against the Angels on Sunday. Ventura allowed two runs on five hits in seven solid innings of work. His command was crisp, as he allowed just one walk in the no-decision. Ventura (7-7) now has a 4.82 ERA in 108 1/3 innings this season.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Royals' Yordano Ventura overcomes poor control to blank Tigers

    Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura had one of his finest outings this season, as he blanked the Tigers over six solid innings on Tuesday. Ventura allowed just two hits and struck out eight, though he did walk six, which matches a career-high. But Ventura was backed by the Royals' offense in the 6-1 victory. Ventura (7-7, 4.97 ERA) needed 104 pitches (63 strikes) to get through the sixth, but did a good job of preventing any runs to score despite the high walk total. Ventura came into the game on a downward trend, as he had given up 11 runs over 12 innings in his previous two starts.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Royals SP Yordano Ventura a mess again Thursday

    The Royals have been waiting all season for flamethrowing right-hander Yordano Ventura to gain some consistent effectiveness. It's early August and they're still waiting. His latest dud came Thursday afternoon in Detroit. Ventura allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings, but was spared the loss when his team came back to tie. He walked three and fanned three. His penchant for allowing big innings continued against the Tigers. Two walks and a single in the third set up an RBI groundout and three-run homer by Victor Martinez. He surrendered a two-run homer to Martinez in the fifth before his merciful removal. Ventura has given up 18 runs in his last 23 innings to raise his ERA to 5.29, its highest point since May 13. He has just one quality start in his last seven outings. "It's been very difficult," Ventura said through a team interpreter, per MLB.com. "This is one of the first years where I've gone through a struggle and haven't been able to get hitters out as consistently as I'm used to. It's been tough. I'm just trying to find ways to improve and do things better that aren't working out."