There is not a single player on this planet who RC dislikes more than Jeff Weaver. The man, quite simply, is a punk, which means he fits in well on a team with fellow punks Milton Bradley and J.D. Drew. RC took great joy several years ago when Mike Sweeney gave Weaver the beating of his life (pictured above), and the 10-game suspension Sweeney received was well worth it.

After five games out with a mild oblique strain, Sweeney should finally be ready to play again tomorrow night, and greeting him on the mound will be his old punching bag, Mr. Weaver. The Royals will counter with the suddenly effective Runelvys Hernandez, so if Weaver can manage to stay in the game by not verbally assaulting any Royal players, we could be in store for a pretty good pitching matchup. The pitching matchups for the series are as follows:

Tue -- Jeff Weaver vs. Runelvys Hernandez
Wed -- Brad Penny vs. Jose Lima
Thu -- Derek Lowe vs. Zack Greinke

These matchups, unfortunately, do not point towards a Royals series victory. As we said last series (which turned out to be completely wrong, so there is hope), our best chance of victory is in the series opener. Expecting a win out of Lima on Wednesday night would be like expecting Michael Moore to shower more than once a week -- it's probably not going to happen. Thursday is intriguing because the Royals just beat a groundball pitcher who is similar to Lowe (Brandon Webb), but our chances are dependent upon whether or not Greinke can figure out how to miss some bats. One other note...

  • RC is happy to report that both Billy Butler and Kila Kaaihue have been named California League All-Stars, and they will take part in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game in Frederick, MD. In a normal season, we would just make a note of this and move on, but we're pleased to announce that RC is a season ticket holder to the Frederick Keys, and as such we have a sixth-row seat directly behind the plate for the All-Star game. RC promises to deliver photos and commentary from the event, where Butler is certain to win both the Home Run Derby and the MVP award.

    At 6/13/2005 11:58 PM, Blogger Joe Bazinet said...

    No love for John Gragg III?

    At 6/14/2005 1:47 AM, Blogger Dave said...

    Sorry, no love for John Gragg. A 24-year-old pitcher in A ball is not nearly as interesting as Kaaihue or Butler.

    At 6/14/2005 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Let's not forget that the Dodgers wear ROYAL BLUE!

    At 6/14/2005 3:18 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

    Were we separated at birth or something? From my Jan. 6th entry:

    "The Dodgers have a really good Jerk Factor going right now, what with Bradley, Drew, and Jeff Weaver all being on the club at the same time. All they need now is to fish John Rocker and Albert Belle out of retirement..."

    Seeing as how I had pretty close to zero readership at that point, I know you couldn't have read that, but it's hilarious we have the same opinion on those three players.

    Plus, the play for the Dodgers, who jerkify/punkify any player who occupies a spot on their roster.

    At 6/15/2005 12:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Did anyone else notice how much classier the Dodger's uniforms are compared to the crud the Royals run out there? For years, the Royals had among the most consistent and classy unies in MLB. Let's bring back the '83-'89 unies but put Kansas City in block lettering accross the front like the '80 Royals and current teams.


    On a less bitchy note, how about that bullpen!! If our starters can go 5 IP and 2 R every start, we will win our fair share of games.


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