Saturday, August 01, 2009

Some Astoundingly Bad Numbers

Game Date: August 1, 2009
Kansas City @ Tampa Bay
Rays 7, Royals 1 / Box Score
WP: Niemann (10-5), LP: Chen (0-6)
KC Home Runs: DeJesus (8)
Royals Record: 40-63 / Record in August 0-1

The funny thing about this game was, Bruce Chen wasn’t bad. He only gave up two earned runs in 6.2 innings. Jamey Wright, on the other hand, was bad. So was the offense, managing only five hits.

What can you say about a team that has lost 15 of 18 games? I guess you can talk about the astounding stats that keep showing up. Stats like, the Royals have lost all eight games they’ve played against the Rays this season. Stats like, Bruce Chen is 0-13 in his last 53 major league appearances—including 20 starts. Stats like, the Royals have allowed 56 UNearned runs this season. Of course, that leads the American League. Stats like, the Royals are 22-52 since starting the season 18-11.

I’d love to overlook it all if a I saw a “process” in place that made sense. But I don’t. I really don’t.

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