Monday, June 09, 2008

More Losing

Since the last time I posted, the Royals have dropped two more games in New York--one of which would be hard to believe if you weren't already a Royals fan. I'm talking about the 12-11 slugfest the Royals lost on Saturday.

Then yesterday, the Royals forced Joba Chamberlain to throw 78 pitches in 4.1 innings and they actually had the lead early on, but that changed when Bobby Abreu drove in Damon in the fifth and then Jason Giambi homered in the sixth.

And so now the Royals have one more chance at the evil Yankees this afternoon. They could still leave New York with a tied series, and I'm guessing that not a single Royals fan would argue with that. Luke Hochevar (3-5, 5.13) will go up against Mike Mussina (9-4, 4.01). Hochevar is 0-0 in his career against the evil Yankees with a 0.00 ERA in 3.0 IP. Mussina is 17-7 against the Royals with a 2.98 ERA in 232.1 IP.

Royals fans did receive some good news heading into the weekend. The Royals are finally rid of Angel Berroa. I never thought I'd see the day. They traded him to the Dodgers for Juan Rivera, a Minor League middle infielder. I see that Berroa is already 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Dodger blue.

Dick Kaegel over at offered these stats about Rivera:

Rivera, 21, has a .248 average with eight home runs and 71 RBIs in five Minor League seasons. This year, he was batting .241 in 10 games for the Dodgers' Great Lakes club in the Class A Midwest League.

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