Lima Time! returns. Huber sits. Royals lose
This really wasn't a bad game. RC missed the first five innings, but we did see the Royals claw back to tie the game at 8-8 in the middle innings. RC Official Scapegoat Jose Lima posted a familiar line:
4.0 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 HR
It will be interesting to see if this was the last straw for Lima. Coming off his best start of the year, Lima was completely ineffective. The Royals will bring up another pitcher prior to tomorrow's game, and if they decide to promote a starter, it could signal the end of Lima Time! in Kansas City. However, RC has no solid predictions on this matter. It's equally possible that a reliever gets the callup to KC, in which case Lima probably stays in the rotation for the time being.
We did, however, receive some potentially distressing news when we read on the Royals website that Allard Baird anticipates Huber will probably be sent back down to Wichita upon Sweeney's return. RC's Official BS detector went off immediately, as there are far too many factors at play to be able to predict that with any certainty. Here's our list of things that could happen to keep Huber in KC for the rest of the year:
1) Huber hits too well to send down (RC places the odds at 50-50)
2) Sweeney's wrist is really screwed up (60-40)
3) Matt Stairs and/or Graffanino are traded before Sweeney returns (70-30)
In other words, we don't buy Baird's statement for a second. We'll be shocked if Huber spends another minute in Kansas ever again, unless he decides to buy a house in Leawood, undoubtably near the Outback Steakhouse.