Another two games against the Indians, another two one-run losses. Considering that the Indians have been one of the unluckiest teams in baseball through the first 80 games (after which they've simply seemed to have given up) maybe this is all a case of cosmic realignment or something. Plus, in the second game of the doubleheader yesterday, the Royals didn't lose the lead in the 9th, thank you very much they lost it in the 8th.
There's quite the argument concerning Bell raging in the comments, and "JQ" has posted a diary , with a poll, that you simply must vote in. "Jbrocato" has defended Bell mostly... (I've disliked Bell for so long I haven't even thought about the reasons why very much, so its good to see the other side) but "JQ" also offers a "tepid defense", the conclusion of which states:
I'd still be surprised if Moore doesn't fire Bell in the offseason, but I wouldn't be stunned.
As for today's game, the Royals send one of the few recent bright spots out of the rotation to the hill, Luuuuuuke Hudson (5-3, 4.65 ERA). Hudson is 3-0 with a 3.98 ERA since the All-Star Break... The Indians counter with vaguely highly touted Jeremy Sowers (3-3, 3.93 ERA) who seems to be something of their version of Greinke or Gobble even (depending on what you think Greinke's potential is): a modest K guy who limits everything else and seems to have good control.
It should be an thrilling game, and I lament that a national audience won't be able to see it. Hopefully the Royals can avoid the sweep and inch closer to an awesome 103-loss pace.
UPDATE: 13-0 Loss. THIS TEAM QUIT TODAY. Awful.