Game Date: March 29, 2008
Brewers 5, Royals 2 / Box Score
Royals Spring Training Record: 16-14
Zack Greinke pitched well yesterday, but it wasn't enough to overcome and Angel Berroa error and the Royals dropped their final game of Spring Training. The Royals finished at 16-14, which nobody is going to be upset with and they've chopped their roster down to 24 to start the season tomorrow.
The following guys were cut and sent to Omaha (with the exception of Luke Hudson): Ryan Shealy, Jason Smith, Angel Berroa, Mitch Maier, Joel Peralta, Neal Musser, Brandon Duckworth, Hideo Nomo, and Luke Hudson.
Matt Tupman remains on the roster as a backup to John Buck while Miguel Olivo serves his four-game suspension.
So, here's the 24-man roster, as taken from the Royals website:
Pitchers (11) -- John Bale, Brian Bannister, Jimmy Gobble, Zack Greinke, Ron Mahay, Gil Meche, Nunez, Ramon Ramirez, Joakim Soria, Brett Tomko and Yasuhiko Yabuta
Catchers (2) -- Buck and Tupman
Infielders (7) -- Billy Butler, Alberto Callaspo, Esteban German, Gload, Alex Gordon, Mark Grudzielanek and Tony Pena Jr.
Outfielders (4) -- David DeJesus, Joey Gathright, Jose Guillen and Mark Teahen
I make a prediction every season right before the season starts regarding the Royals record and every year I've been too optimistic. So take that into consideration when I say that I think the Royals will finish 77-85, which will be good for fourth place in the AL Central, just a game or two ahead of the Minnesota Twins.
But like you, I'll be hoping for a lot more.
Ready for Opening Day? Here it comes! Tomorrow afternoon, Gil Meche will go up against Justin Verlander.