Friday, September 11, 2009

Royals overcome miscues to win fifth straight

Game Date: September 11, 2009 
Kansas City @ Cleveland 
Royals 2, Indians 1 / Box Score
WP: Wright (2-5), LP: Veras (4-3), SV: Soria (25)
KC Home Runs: Olivo (19)
Royals Record: 56-85 / Record in September 6-4

This was one of those games you expect the Royals to lose. From not giving Zack Greinke any runs support to the base running blunder by Miguel Olivo to the misplayed ball by David DeJesus to Jamey Wright and Kyle Farnsworth pitching four innings toward the end of the game—it all had the feel of a loss, but for some inexplicable reason, Cleveland kept trying to run on DeJesus when the situation really didn’t warrant it. DeJesus has shown that he can throw guys out at home and in both cases the ball was too shallow to score on. Eric Wedge defended the decisions after the game saying “It’s the right thing to do.” I’m glad he thinks so because it may have cost the Indians the game.

I have to admit though, I didn’t have much faith in Olivo during his at bat in the 12th inning. Right before he hit what turned out to be the game winning home run, he swung at a horrible breaking pitching in the dirt that must have been a foot outside. I don’t understand why anybody ever throws him anything but breaking stuff off the plate, but sometimes pitchers do and when he gets a pitch out over the plate, he can crush it. Thankfully, he did that tonight. And remarkably, the Royals have won five games in a row.

Too bad Greinke didn’t get the win. He was great again tonight, even lowering his ERA a few points to 2.19. I keep thinking that his lack of wins is going to keep him from winning the Cy Young, and it might, but he’s just dominating teams right now. You can count the number of bad starts he’s had on one hand. And really, as good as Sabathia has been, would any serious baseball person say that Greinke hasn’t been better?

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