Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Game 125: Kansas City @ Cleveland

Game Date: August 19, 2008
Indians 9, Royals 4 / Box Score
WP: Reyes (2-1), LP: Hochevar (6-12)
Royal Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 55-70

This season is becoming just like so many others in recent Royals' history--painful to watch.

We've lost 10 of our last 12 games and the Indians are pulling away from us in the standings. Injuries are mounting. We aren't deep. Most of our young talent is under-performing. And I still can't believe we have a starting first baseman who has just three home runs in 105 games.

The Royals lost the game last night, and they may have lost Luke Hochevar for a while. In the sixth inning he felt muscular tightness in his right ribcage while throwing his warm up tosses. After the game he said that he was still having a hard time catching his breath. That doesn't sound good.

We're already down one starting pitcher in Kyle Davies, who was optioned to Omaha last week (he'll have to stay there for 10 days). Brian Bannister is either injured or completely ineffective right now and so the only two healthy/effective pitchers in the rotation are Gil Meche and Zack Greinke. I'm really hoping that Kip Wells isn't being considered as a possible fill-in until we can put a rotation back together.

Now can I pick on Mark Teahen for a minute? After going 0-for-5 last night, he's hitting just .242 in August with 0 HR and just 6 RBI in 16 games. If those numbers aren't pathetic enough, check out his numbers in July--he hit .211 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in 20 games. This is his fourth full season and he's not improving. He'll hit the magical 27 years of age next month, which is supposed to mean he'll be in his prime. Will his numbers improve in 2009? We'll see.

Let's hope that Gil Meche (10-9, 4.13) looks as good tonight as he did during his last outing on Friday against the evil Yankees when he faces Zach Johnson (0-0, 5.19). Meche is 3-7 in his career against the Indians with a 5.53 ERA. Johnson has never faced the Royals.

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