They just keep limping along. The opportunity to beat up on bad pitching. The opportunity to play a last place team, for 4 games, at home. The opportunity to retake sole position of 1st place.
Oh, the opportunities…
Gil Meche actually had a lead, 2-0 after 3, and couldn't hold it. Thursday's game was their 6th loss in a row. They managed 5 runs, which is a nice total for this team, but that is against a team that allows a staggering 8 runs a game! The Royals totaled 4 runs in the entire 3-game series against the Angels.
Friday saw Zack Greinke continue to dominate, and after the offense let him down with 0 runs of support his previous outing, they came alive and gave him 8. How good has this guy been? He's thrown 4 complete games this year, more than the rest of his career combined. He's on pace to strikeout over 200 batters, and he hasn't given up a homerun yet in 09'. You know how good a pitcher is when it doesn't matter who he is facing. Greinke is making everybody look silly.
Saturday saw Kyle Davies pitch a nice game, only to be outdone by Rich Hill. The Baltimore bullpen was flawless, and the O's 3 runs held up. Mike Jacobs struck out 3 more times. ESPN has his projected K total at just under 170.
Sunday saw the Royals decked out in their powder blues. I think they're sweet. (I don't ever really get why they switched to road grays anyway.) Luke Hochevar wasn't sweet, however, and got bounced early. A nice comeback win, capped off by John Buck's triple, and they get a series split.
That's a split, and they didn't lose the series, but that is just not going to get it done if their run at the division is for real.
9 of their next 12 are in the division. Aside from the inter league opener against the Cardinals at new Busch, they welcome the Indians, Tigers and White Sox to town for 3 games apiece.
Last place team, giving up an average of almost 8 runs a game, in KC for 3. Cleveland has lost 7 of 10.
Opportunity comes knocking again.
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Written by Joe Coburn