Friday, May 29, 2009

Clint Hurdle, Buddy Bell, and Other Fun Stuff

Game Date: May 29, 2009
Chicago @ Kansas City
White Sox 11, Royals 2 / Box Score
WP: Richard (2-0), LP: Bannister (4-2)
KC Home Runs: Butler (4)
Royals Record: 23-25 / Record in May 11-15

The Royals were destined to lose tonight. How could they possibly win on the same day that former Royals player, and now former Colorado Rockies manager, Clint Hurdle was fired? Throw in the fact that Hurdle was the man who replaced Buddy Bell when he was fired in Colorado and you knew it was going to be a bad night.

There much be some explanation, right? Other than the fact that our pitchers can’t get anybody our right now and our hitting is dismal.

Banny was rocked for six earned runs in five innings. Ponson was awful. And after that, it didn’t matter much.

Thankfully the Royals play in the AL Central—a place where you can be two games under .500 and still only be 3.5 games out of first place.

Going into this game, the Royals had a staff ERA of 5.02 over the last seven days and in that same stretch they hit a rather pathetic .215 with a .250 OBP. Their defense hasn’t exactly been stellar either. Moore tried to shake things up by making several roster moves this week and the team is still flat. I’m wondering what he’ll do next.

Is it Zack Greinke day yet? Uggghhhh.

Tomorrow night, Gil Meche (2-5, 4.55) will go up against Mark Buehrle (6-1, 2.59). Meche is 7-3 against the White Sox in his career with a 3.93 ERA in 89.1 IP. Buerhle is 19-8 against the Royals with a 3.48 ERA in 251.0 IP.

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