Game Date: June 21, 2009
St. Louis @ Kansas City
Cardinals 12, Royals 5 / Box Score
WP: Wainwright (8-4), LP: Meche (4-6)
KC Home Runs: Guillen (8), DeJesus (5)
Royals Record: 29-39 / Record in June 6-12
When you get your lunch handed to you the way the Royals did this weekend, there’s nothing you can do but admit that the other team is much better and then try to move on. The Cardinals scored 29 runs in three games against us. In our ball park. Albert Pujols annihilated our pitching staff, going 6-for-12 with 3 HR and 10 RBI.
Mark Teahen summed up the problems we had during the series and the losing streak pretty well after the game:
“It’s been all-around. We haven’t really been performing that well at the plate, in the field or on the mound. You’ve got do all those well to win games, and we’re not doing any of them all that well right now.”
Is there any relief in site? Are there any changes on the horizon? Royals Review linked to a Mark Bowman (the MLB.com beat writer for the Atlanta Braves) blog post saying the Royals are eyeing 25-year-old, Jeff Francoeur with the intention of finally ridding themselves of Jose Guillen. I surely wouldn’t mind seeing it happen, but I don’t think it’ll be an upgrade on the field. Francoeur does stay healthy; obviously, Jose Guillen does not. But he doesn’t have a lot of power and his career OBP is just .309. I don’t know much about Francoeur defensively, but he must be better than Jose Guillen in that regard. Overall, I don’t see how this move will matter once way or another except to help the Royals trim salary to use elsewhere.
Thankfully, Monday is an off day and we can all forget about it for a day.