Royals win, RC gets more photos
Last night, the Royals played another very nice game in beating the Blue Jays, 5-3. Every time Runelvys Hernandez pitches, RC becomes increasingly convinced that the Royals have themselves a future stud in the rotation. For his effort, Hernandez (6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) won his career-high eighth game, and he lowered his ERA to 4.34. The only real mistake Elvys made was a first pitch fastball he left up to Vernon Wells, who quickly dispatched it into the left field seats for a two-run HR. Hernandez's control was better than usual, as he threw 50 out of 81 pitches for strikes, walking only one batter. Because of the 98 degree heat, he was pulled after only 81 pitches, but he probably could have gone longer if he had to.
With Kyle Snyder making the start today for the Royals, RC wouldn't be at all surprised if Hernandez drops the appeal of his 10-game suspension and begins serving it tonight. Of course, this raises the question of who the Royals will option back to the minors when Snyder is activated. With 12 pitchers already on the roster, it is certain to be either Jimmy Gobble, Marvin Nunez, or J.P. Howell. Preliminary reports are that Howell will be "sent down," even though he won't go anywhere and will be recalled for his next start in the rotation. Doing so would burn an option on Howell, but the Royals might not have any other choice. Stay tuned.
And before you ask, no, we will not entertain Mitch Maier.
Now that Randa is in San Diego, expect his numbers to drop rapidly, particularly his SLG pct, which has been hovering around and above .500 all year. Some corners of Royals Nation will no doubt whine that the Royals could have kept Randa (a fantasy) and received the same bounty, but pay them no mind. It made no sense whatsover to keep him with Mark Teahen so close, and we can be pretty certain that he wouldn't have put up same power numbers this season had he played half his games in Kauffman Stadium, which has yielded the second-fewest home runs in baseball this year.
On a side note, perhaps the Royals should start trading with San Diego more often.
We're also expecting to receive some photos from yesterday's Royals game, and we'll post those when we get them.
Editor's note: At some point while we were writing the above post, the Royals made Snyder's promotion official, and they opted J.P. Howell to Omaha. As we said, however, don't expect Howell to actually pitch for Omaha, despite what our new friends at Rotoworld say.