Our heroes return to the visions of their adoring fans tonight as they battle the evil as all hell Cleveland Indians and their lovely Rust Belt accents. The Royals send putative ace Mark Redman (0-0, 5.40 ERA) to the mound against the strangely fake name sounding Cliff Lee (1-1, 2.89 ERA).
There is no doubt in my mind that this will be one of the most thrilling games of the young season.
I love totally meaningless stats like the one included in the AP Preview story:
He is 5-1 with a 2.66 ERA in seven career starts against the Indians, but will make his first appearance against then since August 2002 when he was with Detroit.
But real statheads who study the real value of real performance are mocked and ridiculed. Redman's lifetime record against the Tribe is the Elias brand of statistical analysis. Just like Redman's record on Friday's, etc.
But back to the game.
You gotta believe there's some pressure on the Indians here. If they don't sweep the Royals, the series is a failure. If they lose two games or more, its a disaster.
As Pena used to say, BELIEVE.
Here's a fun stat: the Royals have two wins. Every other American League team has at least 7 wins, and none more than 11. Every team in the League is within 3 games of one another.
Well, except the Royals of course. They're already 7.5 games back of the White Sox.
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