Saturday, July 04, 2009

It’s the Same Game Over and Over

Game Date: July 3, 2009
Chicago @ Kansas City
White Sox 5, Royals 0 / Box Score
WP: Danks (7-6), LP: Greinke (10-4), SV: Linebrink (2)
KC Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 33-46 / Record in July 0-3

I didn’t see a single pitch of this game. I was at Rosenblatt Stadium all day and part of the night. But when I looked at the score, I figured it was pretty much more of the same: no offense, a costly defensive blunder or two, and decent starting pitching. I looked up the numbers and what do you know . . . six hits, no runs, an error that led to two runs, and a quality start from Zack Greinke.

It’s the same game over and over again.

So, should Dayton Moore and/or Trey Hillman be fired? I don’t know. We’ve had so many injuries and a couple of guys are having bad years. But someone should be accountable for this atrocious defense.

Obviously, when you’re putting a team together during the offseason, you cannot completely ignore defense.

Again, I know that we’ve had some injuries, but at one time Alberto Callaspo was considered a viable option at second base. He’s one of the worst fielding second basemen I’ve ever seen. He might even be the absolute worst I’ve ever seen. What in the world did the Royals see in Callaspo that made them believe he could might be an everyday second baseman one day?

Billy Butler is better than he was last season, but I still don’t think he’s good enough in the field to warrant playing the field. But we can’t play Mike Jacobs there, so we’re kind of stuck with Butler.

And that brings us to Jose Guillen. His knees just won’t allow him to be a decent defensive player.

So, the entire right side of the field is sub-par and opponents continue to expose it as such. That’s just not acceptable.

And what about the offense? Someone should be accountable for this atrocious offense. They are one run from sharing the honors of scoring the fewest runs in the AL with Seattle. And they are dead last in the AL in OBP.

Thankfully, the starting rotation remains fairly solid. Imagine how bad this team would be without starting pitching.

Tomorrow afternoon, Luke Hochevar (3-3, 4.96) will go up against Gavin Floyd (6-5, 4.12). Hochevar is 0-2 in his career against the White Sox with a 4.50 ERA in 22.0 IP. Floyd is 1-4 against the Royals with a 4.35 ERA in 39.1 IP.

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