Lima Time finally picks up win. Sweeney injured
Allow me to apologize in advance for the short post. Believe it or not, I have to do some work at home tonight before I go into the office tomorrow. Nevertheless, I just wanted to chime in with a couple notes...
I also noticed something else. Lima usually demands that his catcher set up far on the outside or inside corner, to the point that the catcher often has one full leg in the batter's box on whichever side of the plate Lima is throwing to. Tonight, John Buck seemed to set up much more conventionally throughout the game, even when setting up on the corner. It could be something, or it could be nothing, but I found it pretty interesting.
As for Lima, *IF* he can continue throwing like he did tonight, he's not going to go another two and a half months between victories. Nor will he be on the Royals much longer. If he can string a half a dozen or so good starts together, the Royals won't have any problem moving him to a contending team in search of another starter. I'm not going to get overexcited just yet, but I'm definitely encouraged.
I don't want to speculate too wildly before Sweeney's diagnosis comes back, but if he's going to be out for an extended period of time, the Royals are going to have an important decision to make about his replacement. At this point, it is clear to everyone except maybe Dick Kaegel that Ken Harvey is not part of the future of this club. Meanwhile, Justin Huber continues to play well at Wichita as he learns the ropes at first base.
Is Huber ready? It will be very interesting to see what happens. But in the meantime, let's all hope Sweeney will be OK.