Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Greinke’s Indoor Struggles Continue

Game Date: August 3, 2009
Kansas City @ Tampa Bay
Rays 10, Royals 4 / Box Score
WP: Kazmir (6-6), LP: Greinke (10-7)
KC Home Runs: Betancourt (3)
Royals Record: 41-64 / Record in August 1-2

Zack Greinke says it doesn’t feel much like a baseball game when you’re inside. Bob Dutton dug up these stats about Greinke:

“For his career, Greinke is 4-9 with a 5.05 ERA in domes or stadiums with closable roofs. He is 40-43 with a 3.73 ERA when pitching outdoors. This season, he is 9-5 and 1.88 in 19 open-air starts and 1-2 and 6.00 when pitching indoors.”

There must be something to all these numbers because Greinke’s numbers were awful yesterday: 6 ER, 3 BB, 10 H, and 9 K. He even threw a Meche-like 105 pitches in just five innings. Of course, the bullpen didn’t help when it gave up four more runs.

Yuniesky Betancourt finally did something at the plate, and the Royals did score four runs, but they couldn’t keep pace with the Rays and you can’t really blame them for that.

The Royals begin a new series at home tonight against Seattle. Luke Hochevar (6-4, 5.28) will go up against Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-1, 3.12). Hochevar is 1-0 in his career against the Mariners with a 1.29 ERA in 7.0 IP. Rowland-Smith is 0-0 against the Royals with a 3.38 ERA in 10.2 IP.

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