Thursday, May 05, 2005

There's Not Enough Antacid In This World...

It’s funny. Coming into this season I felt this team was built for 100 losses. Believe me, when you are thinking that in February and March there’s really no way expectations could be lower. And as I’ve written here numerous times in the brief history of this blog, I’m not concerned with the Royals’ record this season. They have finally committed to a “youth movement” that I feel will progress over the next couple of years.

But, damn these losses are tough to stomach.

It’s tough because I believe we are coming close. That doesn’t mean I think this team is close to contending. It means in a number of games already this season, if the Royals were able to make a play here, or get a hit there we’re discussing the win instead of dissecting the loss.

• It’s boiling down to the “big inning.” Wednesday, it was Runelvys Hernandez not being able to close out the fourth inning. With two outs he gave up a single, double and home run. Suddenly a 1-1 game turns into a 4-1 and as we all know on most nights, four runs is enough to beat the Royals.

• Captain Fantastic, Mike Sweeney, continues to be the only Royal worth watching at the plate. Two doubles and both RBIs Wednesday.

Mark Teahen is 3-6 since returning from the DL. Much has been made about his lack of power, but I’m really impressed with his bat control and his ability to make contact. It’s cliché but he seems to be staying within himself and just put the bat on the ball. Really there’s no reason to believe that the power won’t eventually come.

Ken Harvey was 1-4 with three strikeouts. One of those strikeouts came with the bases loaded and two down in the seventh inning. I wonder if my favorite columnist from the KC Star will write about how “clutch” Harvey is tomorrow.

Day game Thursday with Zack Greinke on the hill. Check back during the game for some updates.


At 8:47 AM, Anonymous FuriousB said...

That Harvey K in the 7th was terrible. He swung at three pitches and only one was in the strikezone. Even the pitch in the zone was at the knees on the outside corner, which is a tough pitch to put in play.

As for Teahen, I think the power is already there but the swing is made to just put the bat on the ball. If he made some adjustments he could start hitting for power. There was an article in the NY Times by Michael Lewis that included Teahen in it. George went down to work with Mark to teach him to hit with more power. While George was there Mark did it, but as soon as George left Mark went back to his old swing. He has power but he doesn't seem to want to change his swing.


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