There was one interesting game on this afternoon. Well, there was one game, period. Normally, Royals v. White Sox is not on the top of anyone’s list. Hell, it’s not even on Royal’s Fan list either.
Let’s keep this short. I think the Royals will surprise some people this year. I’m looking at David DeJesus, Alex Gordon, Mark Teahen, Billy Butler, Mike Aviles, and Mike Jacobs, and I see some potential. People have been waiting for Teahen, DeJesus, and Jacobs to start hitting for years, and I don’t think these guys have reached their potential yet. DeJesus is 29, Teahen is 27, Jacobs is 28. Alives is 28, Gordon is 25, Butler is 22. This team is young. Again, I don’t know exactly why I think these guys will start hitting. I’m not sure they will. Keep your eyes pealed.
Which brings us to Gil Meche and Zack Greinke. I think Greinke, now 25, is going to become a much better pitcher this year. And even though it seems like Gil Meche has been around forever, he’s only 30. In 2007 and 2008, he finished with a 3.67 and 3.98 ERA, respectively. Last year, he had 183 K’s and 73 BB in 210 IP. That’s a great start to a rotation. Will Kyle Davies, Horacio Ramirez, and Jamey Wright manage to keep it together the rest of the time? Probably not.
Which brings us back to this afternoon. Meche turns in the kind of performance that the Royals are going to need from him this year. 7 IP, 7 H, 6 K, 0 BB, 1 ER, 91 pitches. He leaves after the 7th with a one-run lead. Things are going well, right up until the 8th inning. Kyle Farnsworth allows two singles and then throws up a HR to Jim Thome. 4-2 White Sox, win spoiled. You need a decent set up man and a good closer to win games. Sure, the Royals should have scored more runs. But your excuse for being unable to win close games can’t be, “well, we didn’t score enough runs.” Seriously, can you see where that will take you?
How wasteful is an $11.4 million a year pitcher – yes, that is how much Meche is making – if you can’t get a win when he dominates?
Relief for a Royal Pain (Yahoo! Sports) – May 5, 2006