Thursday

At least no Royals were attacked by drunken white trash



Well, that was certainly embarrassing. The Royals over the past week have returned to Earth after Buddy Bell's amazing 11-4 start, and have now dropped five of their last six games. Granted, four of those losses came against four of the best pitchers in baseball -- Roger Clemens, Roy Oswalt, Jon Garland, and Mark Buehrle -- but the Royals only managed to tally a total of four runs combined in those games. Bell after the game admitted that the Royals today simply didn't have a good approach against the American League's hottest pitcher.

"We were not good today and we just didn't have a good game plan for Buehrle," said Bell.

As for KC's pitching, RC hasn't watched today's performance by J.P. Howell, but we are convinced that yesterday's start by Zack Greinke was his finest outing of the year. His pitches were sharp and located well, and he struck out eight Sox while walking only one. Greinke was simply the victim of bad luck and poor defense. If he can throw like that consistently, he'll win far more games than he loses. For a more comprehensive report on Zack's start, we recommend you check out Clark Fosler's comments on yesterday's game.

The Royals now stand at 0-9 vs. the White Sox, who undoubtably have made some kind of sordid deal with Satan. Thankfully, it will be over a month before we see them again, and hopefully by that time something very bad will have happened to them.

  • STATS, Inc. recently confirmed the obvious. They calculated the average age of every Major League team, and surprise-surprise, the Royals are now the youngest team in baseball:

    ClubYearsDays
    Royals27199
    Rockies27280
    Athletics2885
    Devil Rays 2893
    Twins28214


    A couple weeks ago, RC put together a table that displayed how the Royals youth movement will result in unprecedented financial flexibilty next year. We don't think the national baseball media or the majority of basball fans has caught on yet. It will be very amusing (and also frustrating, to an extent) next year when the Royals are bashed for having the lowest payroll in baseball, only to see the praise heaped upon the Royals organization in the following years as they lock up their young core with long-term contracts and begin winning ballgames.

    The Royals are operating the way a small market team ought to be operating. This revelation by STATS, Inc. only confirms what we already knew -- the Royals are in a massive youth movement. And this time, they're doing it the right way with RC Official Hero Allard Baird at the helm. Again, take a look at the RC projected 2007 opening day lineup, and tell us you're not excited:



  • The Royals have tomorrow off, and they open a weekend series on Friday in Colorado. RC will be sitting in the best seats in Coors Field for the Saturday and Sunday games, and we promise a comprehensive report, complete with original RC photographs, upon our return on Tuesday evening.
  • 9 Comments:

    At 6/23/2005 2:18 AM, Blogger Cool Papa Bell said...

    Berroa sucks, Buck sucks, Teahen sucks, and imskilled sucks. Okay, the jury's still out on the latter but the rest is true. However, the bulk of the roster is looking pretty good and there is finally good reason for Royals fans to be excited about the future. Kansas City should be a quality team in couple of years as long as long as they keep their young pitchers healthy.

    Oh, yeah. Keep up the good work, Dave.

     
    At 6/23/2005 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Here's hoping the Royals skip Lima's turn on Saturday so you can see a competitive game.

    Wisco

     
    At 6/23/2005 8:16 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

    Papa Bell, give Teahen and Buck a bit more time, alright? They're not good now, but I won't sing their death dirges for at least another year.

    Dave: that was the most hilarious title I've ever read on a Royals blog. Priceless. And true.

     
    At 6/23/2005 8:18 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

    By the way, is that Alex Gordon you're projecting into RF in 2007? I mean, it's possible, but just not likely. 2008, I say.

     
    At 6/24/2005 12:07 AM, Blogger Garth said...

    Lubanski and Gotay will be the two best pinch hitters in baseball... that is, if Murphy and Butler are everything they can be.

     
    At 6/24/2005 3:50 PM, Blogger Joe Bazinet said...

    On a best case scenario, that looks good, but things are bound to happen. Does Butler have the range to make it in the outfield? I think Berroa might have moved on by then. I wouldn't be surprised if KC traded DeJesus at some point in the future to open up center for more of a speed guy, for offensive and defensive reasons. I still have hopes for Teahen, but by this time next season he needs to be producing or Gordon will end up at third with Maier, Costa, or Lubanski in the outfield.

     
    At 6/28/2005 3:28 PM, Blogger fourth_symphony said...

    That looks like a competitive team ... if we played in the Texas League. In the Major Leagues, there's no way to know if any of these guys can hit for average. Is this a good defensive team? Is there any speed on this team? With our stadium, those are the two biggest keys to our future success.

     
    At 6/30/2005 2:18 AM, Blogger Dave said...

    Fourth_symphony, I just noticed your post. And to answer your questions, I would say that yes, this projects to be a good defensive team. It's strong up the middle with DDJ, Berroa, Murphy/Gotay, and Buck, and Teahen by 2007 should be a gold glove candidate. In fact, the only real potential weakness defensively in that lineup is Butler in left.

    As for speed, it won't be a team that steals a ton of bases, but they should be able to move around the bases OK. There are no real base cloggers in that lineup, so baserunning is among the least of my concerns.

    But in all honesty, I'm most excited about the prospect of a middle lineup that includes Butler, Gordon, Sweeney, and Huber.

     
    At 6/30/2005 10:33 AM, Blogger fourth_symphony said...

    I hope you're right. It would be nice to have a competitive team again. As far as speed goes, I'm hoping for good speed (and arm strength) in the outfield so we don't give up so many extra base gap hits. Baserunning speed is not as important. As for defense up the middle, I like Gotay and Blanco, and possibly Murphy or even Bianchi. But Berroa, I don't think he's consistent enough. Teahen and Buck are still in the "good potential" stage, and we can hope they develop into solid defensive assets who can hit a little, too.

     

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