has been really impressed with the Royals the last few days. OK, maybe not really
impressed, but they've looked pretty good, particularly after playing so poorly for two weeks. Tonight the Royals topped the Twins 8-5, as Jose Lima
picked up his second victory of the season. Lima actually pitched pretty well, keeping the ball down and working the corners nicely. Jimmy Gobble
was excellent in relief, as he appears to be a completely different pitcher than he was during his "pitch-to-contact" days as a starter.
Offensively, the Royals did a nice job taking advantage of their opportunities. Angel Berroa
added four hits to the effort, although RC
is convinced that we've never seen a luckier two-game stretch than what Berroa has experienced the last two games (in which he has 7 hits -- including two bloopers and three infield hits). John Buck
celebrated his 25th birthday with a big two-run single in the seventh inning that pushed the Royals lead to 7-3, and Tony Graffanino
had a great night by going 1-for-2 with three walks. In fact, the Royals actually out-walked the Twins, which is impressive when you consider that the Twins pitchers had walked nearly 40 fewer batters than any other team in baseball. Justin Huber had a great night for Wichita. Huber went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three walks, hiking his BA to .344. Huber's been playing well since his return to Wichita, and he should be back in Kansas City as soon as the Royals start making some July trades. There are ample rumors floating around that Royals closer Mike MacDougal may be traded soon. RC is very excited about this. Frankly, RC just isn't convinced that MacDougal will ever be a consistently good pitcher, so if Allard Baird can flip him right now for a legitimate prospect, RC would be ecstatic. The latest rumor we've seen had Mac going to the Cubs for outfield prospect Matt Murton. We are convinced that such a trade would be a complete steal, as Murton is a solid player with good speed and excellent plate discipline and power.
RC really likes this column by Clark Fosler. Clark has run some interesting numbers on Berroa and Shane Costa, and we highly recommend that you check it out. While we're plugging other blogs, we should point out the fine work that Ken at The Pipeline has done. Ken has created a Royals organizational depth chart, which is really cool. We've officially run out of quality Billy Butler photos. However, here's a somewhat cool photo we snapped of Kila Kaaihue prior to the Carolina/California League All-Star Game.