Redman roughed up as Royals lose finale, series...

Mark Redman was completely ineffective today.

The last time Mark Redman took the mound, RC was impressed by the movement on his pitches, and his ability to locate his entire repertoire. Redman limited the Indians to just five hits and three runs over six innings, and we were looking forward to his next start.

Today was the precise opposite of that. Redman was able to work out of trouble in the first, thanks to an inning-ending double play, but the second frame was a disaster that handed Twins ace Johan Santana all the cushion he'd need. Redman's pitches were flat -- his curveball completely disappeared -- and he kept John Buck busy by bouncing what seemed like half of his pitches to the plate. Five hits and five runs later, his game was over, marking Redman's shortest outing since September 2002.

Mike Wood entered the game and pitched admirably again, logging four innings while surrendering two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk. A succession of relievers followed Wood to finish the game, and the Royals were lucky to escape without having to get deeper into the pen, saving key guys like Elmer Dessens, Andrew Sisco, and Ambiorix Burgos. Give Woody another assist, because with Redman's short outing, the bullpen enters this weekend's three game set with Oakland in relatively good shape. Hopefully Joe Mays doesn't run into early trouble tomorrow, however, or that may no longer be the case.

Wood got his ERA down to 3.78 with four more solid innings on Thursday.

This weekend, the Royals draw Dan Haren, Esteban Loiaza, and Joe Blanton, so the offense, which struggled today, will have some work to do. All three pitchers have pitched poorly this season, so hopefully those struggles will continue through the weekend. The Royals counter with Mays, Jeremy Affeldt, and Scott Elarton.

  • Good news from Omaha. Justin Huber, who was out of the lineup on Tuesday with a dislocated pinky, returned to action tonight. In his first at bat back, he lined a pitch right back to the pitcher, and on the night he was 0-for-3 with two more walks.

    Another homer for Gordon.

    And since we're talking about the minor leagues, Alex Gordon tonight went 3-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season, raising his batting average to .341. That guy just can't get here soon enough! As always, the rest of the news from around the minors will go out shortly in our Daily Prospect Update.

    At 4/28/2006 7:33 AM, Blogger Rob said...

    I just pray that Allard doesn't bring Gordon up this season. All that would do is hasten his exit from KC. If he does get promoted this season, it needs to be to AAA Omaha. Let's be a little more patient with Teahen, afterall, it's only his second full season.

    At 4/28/2006 12:17 PM, Blogger Max said...

    Why is this franchise so enamored with soft tossing lefties? Chris George, Jimmy Gobble, Brian Anderson, Mark Redman...

    Find guys that can strike hitters out. We have the worst defense in the league, but that liability is mitigated with a fireballing strikeout pitcher!

    Rob - I'm all for being patient, but if Gordon proves he can hit AAA pitching, I say call him up in July and see what he can do here. That would still stall his free agency and arb clock while giving us a chance to see what he can do.

    At 4/28/2006 5:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    if we call up gordon this year, will that mean we make the playoffs? will that make this a productive season? obviously, the answer to the first is no. but the answer to the second is considerably different. i for one think that would not make the season a success.

    try him at 3rd next year and have teahen start taking grounders at 2b and see how he fares. german or graf can play third while this tried.

    disturbingly enough, our glut of utility infielders could wind up being an enormous benefit in that we can try teahen at a position where he is not required to be a middle of the order hitter. rather, he can occupy the role of #7 or #8 and lessen the pressure.


    At 4/28/2006 5:52 PM, Blogger royalsbeliever said...

    If this is the best Teahen can hit then it's possible he shouldn't even be in the big leagues!

    At 4/28/2006 6:06 PM, Blogger Dave said...

    I do need to clarify that when I say that Gordon "can't get here soon enough," that shouldn't be taken as if I were demanding that he be promoted to KC immediately.

    I still think some things need to be figured out before Gordon makes his debut. Primarily, will Mark Teahen ever hit? I thought I saw improvement out of Teahen in Spring Training, but he's yet to consistently drive the ball the way I thought he might. If his struggles continue, it won't be long before the Royals begin to thing about simply replacing him with Gordon, which right now seems like an obvious upgrade.

    As for Teahen playing another position, I highly doubt it. He's not too stiff to play 3B, but I'm afraid that he has no chance of ever handling the footwork needed for the middle infield. And if he doesn't hit enough to stay at third base, then he won't hit enough to justify occupying a corner outfield spot or first base. Quite simply, Teahen is either our third baseman of the future, or he's not.

    At 4/28/2006 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Let's make this real simple.
    The sooner you get Gordon up, the sooner you get more butts in the seats. No one wants to pay to watch Mark Teahan. The dude is a bust, deal him off to a TB for a pitching prospect and move on.
    Gordon should sell tickets, meaning increased revenue. Gordon, Butler together may mean even a few more tickets.
    And if you think that bringing them up now hastens their departure, then I was right all along that Dave Glass is a cheapass and he should sell

    At 4/28/2006 8:42 PM, Blogger Dave said...

    One other thing. I'd really appreciate any input people could give me on the Daily Prospect Update. Do you subscribe? If you don't, why not? If you do, what do you think I could do to improve it?

    Right now, I'm getting about 500 returning visitors a day (and about 700 uniques). However, my e-mail list is merely around 170, and I'm wondering why over half of my regular readers haven't yet subscribed.

    Any comments or advice is absolutely welcome.

    At 4/28/2006 10:00 PM, Blogger Max said...

    I'm not sure I need a daily update. You might want to do it weekly.

    At 4/29/2006 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I think the daily update is great. I enjoy seeing how the prospects did the night before - and think it's funny how the Star is always at least a day behind you. I like it the way it is, and would recommend it to any of your usual readers.


    At 5/01/2006 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I agree with Phil, I love it. My only suggestion to improve it is adding position to the hitters (I know most of them, but can't always recall some of the lower prospects), and definately adding OPS. Adding OBP and SLG would be great as well, but I'm going crazy without the OPS.

    I feel like I'm looking the gifthorse in the mouth... a huge thanks for the DPU!


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