Royals spin 17th straight loss...

Forgive the cliche, but this really is starting to sound like a broken record.

Despite having to battle, Zack Greinke delivered the quality start the Royals needed tonight, but unfortunately the offense again failed to deliver. The result was yet another KC loss, an incredible 17th straight. There's really nothing else to say. The offense stunk again, and the Royals lost again.

D.J. Carrasco takes the mound tomorrow, and if he can duplicate his last outing (7.2 IP, 4 ER), the Royals might have a chance vs. Jamie Moyer. Moyer used to consistently give the Royals fits, but over the last couple years, they've hit him much better. It's an afternoon game, so be sure to set your VCRs and DVRs.

RC expects another fine outing from Carrasco today.

  • What the heck is going on with Mike Sweeney lately? It seems that every time the big man gets up with a runner on third lately, he harmlessly pops out to an infielder after a poor at bat. It happened again today in the first inning, when the Royals put men on first and third with nobody out. On a 1-1 count, Sweeney popped out to the catcher in foul territory. Luckily for the Royals, Mariners 3B Adrian Beltre bailed Sweeney out when he failed to field a ground ball from Matt Stairs that got the run home.

    Sweeney pops out on the first pitch to Placido Polanco in the first inning on 8/14.

    It's quite possible that Sweeney is pressing along with the rest of the team, but we all know that when Big Mike tries to do it all himself, he usually does more harm than good. The whole team just needs to relax.

  • RC is pleased to announce that tonight we sent out to the official Royals Corner listserv our first Daily Prospect Update, which revealed not only our brand new Top 20 prospect list, but also provided all the day's statistics from every Royals farmhand you need to know about. If you're not yet signed up for the DPU, you should really ask yourself why. After all, it's free, your e-mail will be kept confidential, and it's the only way to be sure to get all the premium RC content that's available to the public.

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    At 8/17/2005 3:08 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

    Seventeen losses in a row? The Los Angeles Clippers think the Royals stink.

    But on a more serious note, I actually received condolences on the situation from one of our local sportscasters here in Springfield before tonight's Cardinals game. At least people are noticing the R's, right?

    At 8/17/2005 3:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am hoping that we trade away Sweeney to the Angels for Casey Kotchman and Steven Schell now that he has cleared waivers. We'd have two good prospects, and a ton of cash to spend this offseason on two or three good players. There's the people that are Royals fans that would go all crazy, but it would(believe it or not) probably make us a better team. TRADE SWEENEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    At 8/17/2005 3:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Actually we'd probably have $20-30M to spend. Jeez, and we'd get Kotchman, it'd be a ideal trade....

    At 8/17/2005 3:37 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

    It'd be great if Allard could swing it, but the Angels would have to get extremely desperate to trade Kotchman for Sweeney. In my mind, they're one of the organizations that are already good enough to stand pat and make a run in the playoffs.

    At 8/17/2005 3:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    But of course, we can always just develop the rest of this year and rise payroll to $50M this offseason and hope for the best. I'm thinking sign a starter or two, trade for a outfielder somehow, and sign a bat maybe unless we get a awesome bat via-trade/FA.


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