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.
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: