|Oct. 6 10:51 AM PT11:51 AM MT12:51 PM CT1:51 PM ET13:51 ET17:51 GMT1:51 10:51 AM MST12:51 PM EST1:21 PM VEN21:51 UAE12:51 PM CT-The Royals will start Ventura in Game 1 of the AL Divisional Series, regardless of whether Kansas City plays the Yankees or Astros on Thursday night. Royals manager Ned Yost announced his starter before Tuesday's workout at Kauffman Stadium. Johnny Cueto will pitch the second game and Edinson Volquez will start Game 3.
Analysis: The 24-year-old Ventura weathered a rollercoaster year that saw him briefly shipped to Triple-A. But the star of Game 6 of last year's World Series has rebounded down the stretch, going 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA in seven starts in September.
|Oct. 4 7:12 PM PT8:12 PM MT9:12 PM CT10:12 PM ET22:12 ET2:12 GMT10:12 7:12 PM MST9:12 PM EST9:42 PM VEN6:12 UAE (+1)9:12 PM CT-Ventura carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and struck out 11 to win his third straight decision for the Royals on Saturday.
Analysis: Ventura, who could be in line to start Game 1 of the division series, lost just once in his final 14 starts of the regular season. He was 9-1 with a 3.03 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 89 innings since a loss on July 20. Just call him 'Ace Ventura.'
|Sep. 29 8:16 AM PT9:16 AM MT10:16 AM CT11:16 AM ET11:16 ET15:16 GMT23:16 8:16 AM MST10:16 AM EST10:46 AM VEN19:16 UAE10:16 AM CT-Ventura allowed two hits over seven shutout innings in Monday's 1-0, 11-inning loss at Wrigley Field.
Analysis: Ventura is 6-1 with a 2.51 ERA over his last 10 starts and figures to be a key part of Kansas City's playoff rotation.
|Sep. 24 2:20 PM PT3:20 PM MT4:20 PM CT5:20 PM ET17:20 ET21:20 GMT5:20 2:20 PM MST4:20 PM EST4:50 PM VEN1:20 UAE (+1)4:20 PM CT-Ventura allowed three runs and six hits, four of them in the three-run fifth, over six innings Wednesday.
Analysis: Ventura may have to be 'Ace' Ventura since he looks like a likely Game 1 starter for the defending AL champs.
|Sep. 13 9:26 AM PT10:26 AM MT11:26 AM CT12:26 PM ET12:26 ET16:26 GMT0:26 9:26 AM MST11:26 AM EST11:56 AM VEN20:26 UAE11:26 AM CT-Ventura allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings Saturday for Kansas City.
Analysis: Ventura is 7-1 in his last 10 starts, including a pair of wins over lowly Baltimore.
|Sep. 3 3:44 PM PT4:44 PM MT5:44 PM CT6:44 PM ET18:44 ET22:44 GMT6:44 3:44 PM MST5:44 PM EST6:14 PM VEN2:44 UAE (+1)5:44 PM CT-Ventura won his sixth straight decision and third straight start Wednesday against Detroit, striking out a career-high 11 for the second straight outing.
Analysis: Ventura, who limited the Tigers to one run over seven innings, owns a 1.13 ERA over his last five games.
|Aug. 28 3:56 PM PT4:56 PM MT5:56 PM CT6:56 PM ET18:56 ET22:56 GMT6:56 3:56 PM MST5:56 PM EST6:26 PM VEN2:56 UAE (+1)5:56 PM CT-Ventura fanned a career-high 11 over six scoreless innings to defeat Baltimore Thursday.
Analysis: The young righty yielded just two hits to extend an outstanding recent stretch. Ventura is now 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA over his last four starts and has struck out 32 in 25 innings over that span.
|Aug. 23 11:32 AM PT12:32 PM MT1:32 PM CT2:32 PM ET14:32 ET18:32 GMT2:32 11:32 AM MST1:32 PM EST2:02 PM VEN22:32 UAE1:32 PM CT-Ventura pitched six effective innings, helping the AL Central-leading Royals beat the Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.
Analysis: Ventura gave up one run and six hits, striking out six. He improved to 4-0 in his last six starts. "It looks like to me he's getting his swagger back a little bit," manager Ned Yost said.
|Aug. 17 3:03 PM PT4:03 PM MT5:03 PM CT6:03 PM ET18:03 ET22:03 GMT6:03 3:03 PM MST5:03 PM EST5:33 PM VEN2:03 UAE (+1)5:03 PM CT-Ventura looked like 'Ace Ventura' on the mound Sunday.
Analysis: The hard-throwing Ventura allowed two runs in seven innings and fanned seven Angels, including superstar Mike Trout once.
|July 21 3:12 PM PT4:12 PM MT5:12 PM CT6:12 PM ET18:12 ET22:12 GMT6:12 3:12 PM MST5:12 PM EST5:42 PM VEN2:12 UAE (+1)5:12 PM CT-The Royals have optioned Ventura to Triple-A Omaha after a string of ineffective outings for the opening-day starter.
Analysis: The 24-year-old Ventura, who can run his fastball into triple digits, is 4-7 with a 5.19 ERA in 14 starts this year. He spent nearly a month on the disabled list with inflammation of his ulnar nerve.
|June 18 3:25 PM PT4:25 PM MT5:25 PM CT6:25 PM ET18:25 ET22:25 GMT6:25 3:25 PM MST5:25 PM EST5:55 PM VEN2:25 UAE (+1)5:25 PM CT-Ventura will come off the disabled list Thursday to start the series finale against Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Ventura has been dealing with ulnar neuritis, a condition involving the inflammation of the ulnar nerve in the arm that causes weakness in the hand.
|June 12 6:33 PM PT7:33 PM MT8:33 PM CT9:33 PM ET21:33 ET1:33 GMT9:33 6:33 PM MST8:33 PM EST9:03 PM VEN5:33 UAE (+1)8:33 PM CT-Ventura was removed Friday against the Cards due to weakness in his pitching hand after three innings for the second straight start.
Analysis: Royals infielders had a meeting on the mound with Yadier Molina at the plate before Molina flied out to end the third. In his last start, Ventura gave up four earned runs in three innings in a loss to the Rangers. Manager Ned Yost said he couldn't recall the last time he heard the term "right hand weakness."
|June 7 12:14 PM PT1:14 PM MT2:14 PM CT3:14 PM ET15:14 ET19:14 GMT3:14 12:14 PM MST2:14 PM EST2:44 PM VEN23:14 UAE2:14 PM CT-Ventura was a flop Saturday as he dropped to 3-5.
Analysis: Ventura allowed four runs in the first two innings. He threw 78 pitches and was pulled after the third in his shortest outing of the season, also committing an error. Ventura has a 6.14 ERA in the first two innings in his 11 starts with opponents hitting .314 off him.
|June 1 2:06 PM PT3:06 PM MT4:06 PM CT5:06 PM ET17:06 ET21:06 GMT5:06 2:06 PM MST4:06 PM EST4:36 PM VEN1:06 UAE (+1)4:06 PM CT-Ventura allowed one run and four hits over seven innings in Kansas City's 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Cubs on Sunday.
Analysis: Ventura has thrown exactly seven innings in four straight outings.
|May 25 12:54 PM PT1:54 PM MT2:54 PM CT3:54 PM ET15:54 ET19:54 GMT3:54 12:54 PM MST2:54 PM EST3:24 PM VEN23:54 UAE2:54 PM CT-Ventura started off shaky Sunday, walking the first two hitters on 10 pitches and both scored as he suffered a loss to the Cards.
Analysis: Ventura, who threw 30 pitches in the first, then settled down and didn't allow another hit until the sixth. He was charged with four runs in seven frames.
|Apr. 25 10:02 AM PT11:02 AM MT12:02 PM CT1:02 PM ET13:02 ET17:02 GMT1:02 10:02 AM MST12:02 PM EST12:32 PM VEN21:02 UAE12:02 PM CT-Ventura opted Thursday to abandon his appeal of his seven-game suspension.
Analysis: Ventura's next scheduled start will be May 8 at Detroit.
|Apr. 18 5:40 PM PT6:40 PM MT7:40 PM CT8:40 PM ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 PM MST7:40 PM EST8:10 PM VEN4:40 UAE (+1)7:40 PM CT-Major League Baseball suspended Kansas City's Kelvin Herrera for five games and fined him and Ventura after both targeted Brett Lawrie during a testy series against Oakland over the weekend.
Analysis: Ventura was ejected from Saturday's game when he hit Lawrie with a pitch after Josh Reddick's home run.
|Apr. 13 3:22 PM PT4:22 PM MT5:22 PM CT6:22 PM ET18:22 ET22:22 GMT6:22 3:22 PM MST5:22 PM EST5:52 PM VEN2:22 UAE (+1)5:22 PM CT-Ventura moved to 2-0 Sunday, giving up two runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings in a 9-2 win over the Angels.
Analysis: Ventura owns a 2.31 ERA through two outings.
|Apr. 6 3:29 PM PT4:29 PM MT5:29 PM CT6:29 PM ET18:29 ET22:29 GMT6:29 3:29 PM MST5:29 PM EST5:59 PM VEN2:29 UAE (+1)5:29 PM CT-Ventura has left their opener in the seventh inning with a cramp in his right thumb.
Analysis: It was a scary moment for the Royals on Monday when the young ace crumpled to the ground in pain days after agreeing to a $23 million, five-year deal. But the team said shortly after that the injury did not appear serious.
|Apr. 4 3:29 PM PT4:29 PM MT5:29 PM CT6:29 PM ET18:29 ET22:29 GMT6:29 3:29 PM MST5:29 PM EST5:59 PM VEN2:29 UAE (+1)5:29 PM CT-Ventura and the Kansas City Royals have agreed on a five-year contract worth $23 million. The AL champions announced they had a deal Saturday, two days before they open the season.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Ventura dazzled as a rookie last season, going 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA. The hard-throwing righty pitched seven shutout innings against San Francisco to win Game 6 of the World Series. Ventura was 1-0 with a 3.20 ERA in five postseason appearances, including four starts.
|Mar. 25 8:28 PM PT9:28 PM MT10:28 PM CT11:28 PM ET23:28 ET3:28 GMT11:28 8:28 PM MST10:28 PM EST10:58 PM VEN7:28 UAE (+1)9:28 PM CT-Ventura has been picked to pitch on opening day for the AL champion Kansas City Royals against the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: The 23-year-old right-hander went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA as a rookie last season and tossed seven scoreless innings to beat San Francisco in Game 6 of the World Series. The announcement was made by Royals manager Ned Yost on Wednesday.
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|2014||KC||14||10||0 - 0||31||30||0||183.0||168||70||65||14||69||1||159||1.30||3.20|
|2015||KC||13||8||0 - 0||28||28||0||163.1||154||75||74||14||58||1||156||1.30||4.08|
|Career||27||19||0 - 0||62||61||0||361.2||335||151||145||31||133||2||326||1.29||3.61|
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|WC||0||0||0 - 1||1||0||0||0.1||2||2||2||1||0||0||0||54.00|
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|LCS||0||0||0 - 0||1||1||0||5.2||5||4||4||1||3||0||3||6.35|
|WS||1||0||0 - 0||2||2||0||12.1||11||2||2||1||5||0||6||1.46|
|2015||KC||Total||0||2||0 - 0||5||5||0||21.0||27||15||15||5||8||1||22||6.23|
|LDS||0||1||0 - 0||2||2||0||7.0||8||6||6||2||4||1||10||7.71|
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|WS||0||1||0 - 0||1||1||0||3.1||7||5||5||2||0||0||1||13.50|
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