Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Not Good. Not Good At All.

The equipment guys must have packed the Royals bats in a freezer for this road trip.

This has been a brutal stretch of offensive ineptitude.

We’re not feeling in particularly charitable mood, so let’s see if we can find something…anything good to say about Monday’s performance.

Zack Greinke didn’t suck. Again, he jumped ahead of hitters and made them work in their at bats. The problem is, his pitch counts continue to pile up early and that’s limiting his ability to go deep into games. The guy is a total enigma. One game, he’s a strikeout pitcher. The next game, he can only strikeout a single batter. Give the Twins credit. They went up to the plate and really worked the count, fouling off pitches they couldn’t handle until they got one they could put into play. That got Greinke out of the game after six innings, but by then the Royals were already down 2-0, these days an insurmountable lead.

David DeJesus returned to the leadoff spot for the last two games, and hit a bomb for the Royals lone run. This is good because it means someone has moved down in the order. More on that later.

• There is at least one Royal who is performing at the plate. Emil Brown had two hits, extending his streak to 14 games. (.393/.429/.519)

Unfortunately, there’s plenty of other stuff to discuss. None of it good:

• The Royals are now 0-6 against the Twins this year. Add that to the 0-9 against the White Sox. Yeeech.

• Oh yeah, they’re 0-7 on the current road trip.

Angel Berroa’s at bats are becoming as predictable as the sun rising in the east. If you were watching Monday, there’s absolutely no way you could have been surprised that he swung at that pitch out of the zone in the eighth inning to strikeout. The first step has been taken in removing him from the leadoff spot. The next step would be getting him out of the number two position in the lineup and burying him eighth. Please.

• By the way, Berroa’s slash numbers on this road trip are .192/.192/.192. We know you don’t want to walk, but at least throw in an occasional extra base hit.

• The offense is gone. Disappeared. Missing in action. Choose your superlative and it fits. On this road trip, the Royals are batting an anemic .218/.268/.314. and are averaging 3 runs a game. This is a team that just played three games in the home run haven that is Coors Field and hit a grand total of two extra base hits (1 2B, 1 HR). That’s not good.

• Metro Sports is running a poll asking you to vote for your favorite Huck Huck Boom Jam Athlete. I couldn’t even begin to tell you what that means.

It doesn’t get any easier Tuesday, facing Carlos Silva, who walks a batter about once every 20 IP. The Royals will counter with rookie JP Howell. Last time out, he was burned by allowing too many two out baserunners.

The Royals still have a chance at posting a winning record for the month of June, but that’s looking more and more remote. This road trip can’t end soon enough.


At 12:08 AM, Blogger amr said...

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At 12:09 AM, Blogger amr said...

What does John Buck have for Twins' pitching? I remember reading you lamenting his batting earlier this season and not understanding. After going 2-4 tonight, he is batting .471 (8-17) against my Twins and .200 against all other teams.

At 8:55 AM, Anonymous tfn said...

Sample size. You've got nothing to complain about. Twins are 7-0 against the Royals in 2005, and will be 9-0 in another 36 hours.

At 2:53 PM, Anonymous FuriousB said...

Who do you look for to move into the #2 spot in the order? Does Gotay go back to 2?

At 4:55 PM, Blogger Craig Brown said...

The Graffanino/Gotay combo can hit second. Understand, I'm coming from the perspective the Royals can't do worse than what they have there right now. Put Long second...Stairs...anybody.

Berroa's .286 OPA and his inability to master the strike zone demand that he bat as far down in the lineup as possible.


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