Joakim Soria
RP KC
5 days ago

Soria (3-2) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to collect his third win of the season during Wednesday's victory over Boston.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran reliever hasn't posted great numbers this season with a 3.41 ERA and 1.41 WHIP, but his supporting statistics are spectacular: 11.8 K/9, 60.5 groundball percentage and 1.74 FIP. Soria's been hurt by an unsustainably high .377 BABIP and has the potential to be a serviceable fantasy asset going forward. He's also likely next in line for saves if Kelvin Herrera is injured or losses the closer job.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
4 weeks ago

Soria (2-2) failed to record an out while giving up four earned runs on three hits, two walks and a wild pitch in Monday's 10-7 loss to the Tigers. He was charged with his fourth blown save of the season as well.

EDGE Analysis

Called on to open the eighth and preserve a 7-6 lead, Soria promptly yielded a single to Justin Upton and walked Nick Castellanos before allowing a run-scoring single to Alex Presley. The latter then came home on a wild pitch that Soria uncorked to Jose Iglesias, and after being relieved two batters lately, he subsequently saw two more runs go on his ledger courtesy of the RBI single that Matt Strahm yielded to Miguel Cabrera. The 33-year-old right-hander has generally been effective as a set-up option with eight holds, but a pair of four-run outings have served to tarnish his overall body of work.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
1 month ago

Soria allowed a hit and walked one over an inning to earn his fourth hold of the season Sunday against Baltimore.

EDGE Analysis

Sporting a 12.2 K/9 over his first 17 games, Soria certainly looks nothing like the man that worked his way to a career-worst 4.05 ERA last year. Over his last seven appearances (seven innings), the right-hander has allowed just one walk while posting an 11:1 K:BB. Soria has been lights out in May, and the 32-year-old has established himself as one of the best set-up relievers in MLB this season.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
2 months ago

Soria was charged with his third blown save of the season Saturday after allowing a run on three hits in the 3-1 loss to Cleveland.

EDGE Analysis

The Royals were clinging to a 1-0 lead when Soria got the call. Just one out away from escaping, the righty gave up a game-tying RBI single to Jason Kipnis. Soria's 2.63 ERA doesn't look too shabby, but his conversion rate in high-leverage situation has been poor thus far.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
2 months ago

Soria was charged with his first loss and second blown save after giving up four runs (three earned) on three hits and a walk over 0.2 innings Friday against the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

It was a nightmare ending to what was a perfect stretch of games to open 2017. Entering Friday's affair, Soria owned a flawless 0.00 ERA over nine appearances this season. However, the right-hander was undone by the Twins after an unusual delay. Miguel Sano fouled a ball off the facemask of home-plate umpire CB Bucknor, who was shaken and had to be replaced behind the plate. Soria had to stand around -- in chilly weather -- and wait for 10 minutes before play resumed. On the first pitch following the pause, Sano belted a two-run double that opened the flood gates. Whether the delay affected Soria is debatable, but he was due for a bump in the road at some point anyway. Chalk this one up as that hiccup and move forward with confidence.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
2 months ago

Soria, who's off to a much better start this season than last, has made mechanical adjustments to sharpen his control and liven up his pitches, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Leading up to 2016, Soria logged 202 saves over his first 444 MLB games; or, one save per 2.2 appearances. However, control problems led the right-hander to a career-worst 4.05 ERA over 70 games last year. Soria's walks per nine innings spiked to 3.6, his highest mark since 2013, when he was returning from his second Tommy John surgery. Although he hasn't fully repaired his command -- as evidenced by his five walks in six innings so far this season -- the 32-year-old's pitching coach, Dave Eiland, has noticed improvement in Soria's game. Eiland says that the reliever's front side has been "stronger," meaning he's keeping it closed longer and pitching downhill. As a result, the break on Soria's slider has been tighter, and the reliever's fastball has more life through the strike zone, too. "I see him staying behind the ball. That results in better stuff, later life, sharper command."

Joakim Soria
RP KC
2 months ago

Soria needed just five pitches to record his only out Thursday against the A's to notch his first hold of the season.

EDGE Analysis

Aside from a few walks, Soria has been unhampered through four appearances this year. Over 4.1 scoreless innings, the 32-year-old has allowed just one hit to go along with four punchouts. Soria had been one of MLB's better closers in late 2014 and all of 2015 before imploding last season, his first with the Royals. It's possible he could get back to dominating hitters in 2017, but opportunities to earn a significant amount of holds and a handful of saves could be limited considering his team doesn't appear to be very good so far.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
3 months ago

Soria struck out two and walked one in his season debut on Thursday against the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

The Royals have lost all three games to open the 2017 campaign. Without an opportunity yet to arise for Soria to set up a save, manager Ned Yost decided to bring in the right-hander with the club down two runs in the ninth. Although Kelvin Herrera will have plenty of leash to work with, the current closer lacks experience that could get him in hot water -- opening the door for Soria -- if he struggles for a stretch during the year.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
3 months ago

Soria has compiled a 2.70 ERA and is holding batters to a .200 average over 6.2 innings this spring.

EDGE Analysis

Soria was away from the team earlier in March while pitching for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, but he'll likely get in another outing or two in Cactus League play before Opening Day arrives. The 32-year-old is expected to assume a key role in the bridge to closer Kelvin Herrera this season, though it's possible that Soria could be displaced by top prospect Matt Strahm for primary setup duties if manager Ned Yost prioritizes the more dynamic arm over experience in the eighth inning.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
9 months ago

Royals manager Ned Yost said he'll monitor Soria's usage more carefully, giving the reliever more rest between appearances, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Soria's had a tough week, blowing two saves while pitching on zero days rest. His ERA in such situations is 4.26 in 12.2 innings and even worse on one day of rest (4.57 in 21.2 innings). As such, Yost is considering two days of rest for Soria, who has a 0.98 ERA with 25 strikes over 18.1 innings when pitching with two or more days rest. "You go back and look at his numbers, specifically two days off in between, they're fantastic," Yost said.

"Where he's run into trouble in the last three weeks has been times where I've used him back-to-back."