And just like that, horrible baseball is home again in Kansas City. Thanks to a six-game losing streak (at home), the Royals finish the home slate at 34-47 and now sit at 58-97.
After the 4th inning of the Friday game against the Tigers the Royals were outscored 31-8 as the pitching staff completely imploded. The weekend proper featured a special treat of horribleness all its own: Redman's Saturday disaster led to 10 first inning runs, followed by today's Runny-influenced 9 run 2nd inning. Good stuff. The sad thing is that the Royals actually got good relief work in both games. Nothing like totally wasted pitching, although some caveat regarding Leyland's mass-subs should also be considered.
A fun stat: the Royals drew 4 walks during the Tiger series, with three coming on Friday night. And... although he did go 3-3 with a double, we should note, the David DeJesus hackfest continues as he's essentially lost a 100 points of OBP in the last two months:
-DeJesus: No walks since September 13th. OBP in September is .304 (before Sunday) and since the Break is down to .333.
-Gathright: No walks since Sept. 4th.
-Sweeney: A walk today and yesterday. Still cresting after 3-walk 19th against LAA.
Do you have a candidate for the Hackfest Update?? Please share your thoughts.
Like many of you, I half-considered attending one of the games this weekend, but ultimately couldn't pull the trigger. This is what happens when the team is horrible. As you can see, I was not alone in reaching this conclusion:
Attendance this Weekend:
Meanwhile, the Associated Press produced this little note:
RHP Zack Greinke, who pitched an inning of relief on Friday, became the 31st pitcher used by the Royals this season. Only two teams in major league history have used more pitchers: the 2002 San Diego Padres (37), and 2000 Cleveland Indians (32).
I don't think anyone will regret closing the books on the 2006 Home Schedule.
In "Dockery and Son" Larkin wrote, "Life is first boredom, then fear", which weirdly enough sprang to my mind thinking about this Royals team. Despite a few months of .450 baseball (with the attendant bragging by Glass, etc in the Star) this season finally petered out to a full blown bore, especially once football arrived. Then, we slog through a Seattle series, get mini-swept by the Angels, then absolutely obliterated by the Tigers.
first boredom, then fear...
As we continue to hear more and more vague hints that Gordon may pointlessly spend time in AAA next season, as we realize that we have NO PITCHERS worth anything that can be relied on for next season, when we realize that the infatuation with Gathright isn't going anywhere, when we realize that David DeJesus is slowly morphing into Michael Tucker 2.0 since the Break, when we realize that Sweeney looks thoroughly done, well... I start to fear the future rather than drinking the Kool-Aid.
Especially when I read something like this:
Dayton Moore is as old fashioned as those pillow mitts fielders wore in the 1930s. That?s something people miss about him. He looks cutting edge in his crisp suits. He tries new things ? complicated statistics, computer analysis, new approaches. He carries a Blackberry.What does baseball have to do with character? Have we devalued the very idea of character so much that a sentence like this (from JoePo no less) is acceptable? We don't need character, we need hits, walks, double-played turned, shutdown innings from the pen and all the rest. Thats not character, thats performance.
But at his core, Moore still believes baseball comes down to character. It?s just what he believed when he was a kid who, on rainy days, set up bases in his garage and cracked tennis balls off the walls and lawnmowers.
first boredom, then fear...
Then theres the reaffirmation of Buddisimo, who's constantly reaffirming Angel Berroa and has shown no commitment to playing young players. When he ducked behind T-Long last season it was a craven act of selfishness: he wanted wins for his record and his good name, those meaningless wins (which Long wans't pushing KC towards anyway, the best part) were pursued over and against playing someone, anyone, who might help the next good Royals team.