Put those brooms away!
Due to a stupid oversight, I forgot to set my DVR to record the Royals game today. Therefore, I have been unable to see anything from their 9-7 loss to the Giants, so I can't comment on a whole lot. A couple things did stand out, however, from what I've been able to find out about the game.
First, as we predicted, RC Official Scapegoat Jose Lima probably pitched well enough (5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) to get another start from Buddy Bell. Lima's continued presence in the rotation is a sore point with just about any Royals fan who's seen him pitch this year, as it really takes on the feeling that the Royals are simply delaying the inevitable. But in the long run, it doesn't really matter. Yes, it's tough to watch, but it isn't like there are any prospects beating on the door to take his place in the rotation. He'll be gone soon enough.
Second, Marvin (a.k.a Leo Nunez) got roughed up pretty badly in just an inning of work (6 H, 5 ER, 0 K). However, according to a source who actually watched the game, Nunez wasn't nearly as bad as his line. As we've seen so often this year, Nunez was apparently victimized by a combination of bad luck and shaky defense, as little bloopers were finding outfield grass and ground balls were finding holes and funny bounces. Nevertheless, the smart money would be on Marvin getting a return ticket to the minor leagues on Saturday, when J.P. Howell is likely to be called up to make his Major League debut against the D-Backs.
The Royals seem to be catching Arizona at the right time, as the snakes have dropped eight out of their last ten games. The pitching matchups for the series are as follows:
Friday -- Zack Greinke vs. Russ Ortiz
Saturday -- J.P. Howell (probably) vs. Brad Halsey
Sunday -- D.J. Carrasco vs. Brandon Webb
Tomorrow night is probably KC's best shot at victory, but each of these matchups are intriguing, and you can bet your sweet behind that RC will be closely watching each game -- particularly if Howell does indeed make his debut on Saturday.