The Royals blew a golden opportunity to vanquish Seattle yesterday afternoon at the K. Instead of evening the season series 4-4 and taking the home series 3-1, the Royals finish the year 3-5 against their bitter rivals from the Pacific Northwest. However, thanks to Baltimore's victory over the Tigers, the Royals remain 31.5 games back in the Central.
Royals Review extends its heartiest congratualtions to Buddisimo Bell. Thanks to a 2-2 weekend, his career record as a manager is now 446-622. The man gets results.
Win #63 might go down to the wire, that seems to be where we're headed. BP's Playoff Odds Report predicts a 62-100 finish as of this morning.
Royal Starters Against Seattle:
Odalis Perez- 5.0 IP, 10 Hs, 0 BBs, 6 runs allowed (Royals win 10-8)
Luke Hudson- 5.0 IP, 6 Hs, 4 BBs, 5 runs allowed (Royals lose 11-8)
Mark Redman- 8.2 IP, 10 Hs, 2 BBs, 4 runs allowed (Royals win 7-4)
Runelyvs Hernandez- 4.2 IP, 6 Hs, 1 BB, 4 runs allowed (Royals lose 10-5)
As you can see, Redman's near complete game against the Mariners was all that prevented a complete meltdown by the starting pitchers. Not only did Redman push the Royals to victory on Saturday, he saved the 'pen for a day and gave the team a puncher's chance against the mighty M's on Sunday. Still, this is a trend to watch as we wind down, as the Royals are starting to play marathon games featuring pitchers who can't escape their own shadow.
-DeJesus: No walks against the Mariners this weekend. No walks against non-Indians since August 26th.
-Grudz: No walks since September 9
-Berroa: Miraculous walk against M's on Saturday. His first walk August 2nd!
-Gathright: No walks since Sept 4.
-Buck: Two walks on Sunday, his first since Sept 4th.
Lastly, be sure to check out "dejackso"'s wonderful "Buddy vs. Muser... round 1" feature in the diaries. I'm working on a new Radio Affiliate Profile, highlighting the Royals sole Oklahoma affiliate, Vinita.