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...