The Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 today, as they fought through another attempted blown save by Joakim the Dream (I think he's been spending way too much time around Sidney and Horacio lately).
Meche made his final start of the preseason today as he pitched 4 shaky innings. Although he only gave up 1 run, he did walk 4 colorado hitters while striking out just 2. Meche did give up just 3 hits, so while he didn't have his best control (probably not even his "better" control) he still wasn't very hittable. Definitely a good sign. The pitchers en masse were not awful, though Soria had his second bad outing in a row. The pitchers allowed 5 runs on 9 hits while striking out 6 while walking 5. The hitters were better, but still not great. They did score 6 runs on 11 hits, but drew just 3 walks against 7 strikeouts, numbers I'd still like to see them improve upon. They did have 7 extra base hits, and 6 were for home runs, which is nice.
Hitter of the Game
Mark Teahen once again earns the hitter of the game award, although it could have gone to any number of home run hitters, Teahen was the best of them all today, I think. Mark was 2-4 with 1 RBI, 1 run scored and 1 home run. After today's game, and with one remaining, Teahen is tied for 3rd in the nation in home runs (7) and is first in slugging percentage (1.000). Not bad for a second baseman.
Pitcher of the Game
Doug Waechter will be the pitcher of the game for today. He bounced back from his previous poor outings with 2 perfect innings, striking out one Rockie (Rocky?). Doug apparently has pitched well enough this spring to make the final cut as the 11 pitchers the Royals are going to start the season with have been named, but more on that later.
The Royals have the last game of their Cactus League pre-season tomorrow. They will face the Texas Rangers as Hosucky Ramirez will face Scott Feldman. The Royals will then travel to Texas to play the Rangers two more times, once on Friday and then again on Saturday in Arlington.
Well, it looks like the rotation is set. Not only that, but the entire pitching staff is set as well. All signs point towards the Royals opening the season with 11 pitchers, which has been their standard procedure for the last few seasons. It looks like the pitching staff will look like the following, at least for the first few weeks or so:
Joakim the Dream
Overall, I'm quite frustrated, and I have been ever since learning that Hosucky and Sucky Ponson are both going to be in the rotation. Not only that, but Sucky Ponson even gets to start the Home Opener against the Yankees, so the first game in the "New" Kauffman Stadium will be a 20-5 shellacking. Awesome.
Look, I understand the reasoning for Hochevar and Banny to get sent down, and I'm not wholly opposed to those moves. But DM, you've been here 3 freaking years and the Royals are still sending out pitchers who don't deserve to be the 25th man on a roster, let alone starting the home opener for your ball club. I mean honestly, I'd rather see Matt Wright in the rotation than Hosucky or Sucky Ponson. At least you might catch lightning in a bottle with him. Ponson and Ramirez are both retreads who haven't seen success in half a decade. It's pathetic and frustrating, and frankly, I don't care to write about it anymore.
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