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Royals V. Red Stockings: Game LXV Thread

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The unestimable virtue of being.

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Yesterday wasn't fun, but the previous week was quite a bit of fun, so solace can be taken. However, it is easy to underestimate the dyed in the wool intent of these redded stockings, but make no mistake: to play they have come, and they have come to play.

Edinson Volquez faces off against Rick Porcello which, in the topsy-turvy world of my most recent Out Of The Park baseball sim, would be a landslide victory for the perky and pugnacious Porcello. Alas, this is the real world, or at least as real as it gets, and Porcello's 5.29 ERA fits in the $100 slot of the Jeopardy category, "Why the Red Sox suck this season."

Volquez, on the other hand, has been a boon in uneven waters. His 3.10 ERA has been a welcome fixture in the Royals rotation all season, which is more than I can say for, oh, I don't know, Yordano Ventura, Danny Duffy, Jason Vargas, or Jeremy Guthrie, whose patterns of unpredictability and injury are enough to drive even the most level-headed of Royals bloggers into the troposphere.

But I digress.

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