Royals off and running again...WINNING streak stands at two.
Wow, what a weekend! Due to our travels, RC hasn't seen much of the two wins, but boy, it sure feels nice not having to write some variation of "Royals lose again." The bullpen these last two days has been excellent, and while the offense is still sputtering, it's nice to be able to win two out of three from a team that can run out starting pitchers Rich Harden, Barry Zito, and Joe Blanton in consecutive games.
If the weekend had any negatives, they came in the form of a couple minor injuries to David DeJesus (rib cage muscle pull) and Runelvys Hernandez (lower back strain). However, DDJ pinch ran today and should be back in the lineup on Tuesday, and Hernandez said after the game that his early exit (after two innings) was merely precautionary.
After a day off, the Royals return to action on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium vs. the Boston Red Sox. Zack Greinke will try to make it three in a row, matching up with Sox starter David Wells.
"[Allard Baird] wants me back so we're negotiating a contract," Stairs said.
"We do have some interest," Baird said. "He's done a quality job. We've used him more than we anticipated when we originally signed him. He's done a solid job on the field as well as in the clubhouse."
We really like having Stairs around, so we're pleased to hear this. However, we hope to see a dramatic decrease in the big guy's playing time next season. With Justin Huber and Mike Sweeney splitting time at 1B, there shouldn't be too many at bats available for a 38-year-old with a beer league softball swing. With luck, the Royals will finally use Stairs as they intended to when they first signed him in 2003 -- as a left-handed bat off the bench.
If God has a sense of humor, it just might be a sick, twisted one at that. Chris is, as we stated before, undisputedly the world's biggest Royals fan. And until Saturday night, his son, Brett -- who he named after the greatest Royal of all -- sported an unfathomable 0-19 lifetime record. During the streak, RC demanded that Brett's body be searched for any anti-Royal birthmarks, and we suggested that it might not be a bad idea to sprinkle some Kauffman Stadium fountain water over his crib, "just to see what happens." However, our repeated requests were summarily dismissed, and quite rudely at that.
Well, it turns out our fears were all for nothing. Congratulations again to Brett Ray, for the first two of what we're now sure will be many victories!
The little guy finally saw his first wins!
Joel Zumaya is a beast with a great fastball, a great slurve, and little control.
Baseball Prospectus this year labeled Andy Marte as the best prospect in baseball. We'll tell you why that was stupid.
Be sure to check in with us tomorrow.