Friday, April 05, 2013

Series Preview - Royals

Phillies (1-2) v. Kansas City Royals (1-2)

Matchups:
Friday - 4:05 - Oh no, it's KK v. Wade Davis
Saturday - 7:05 - John Lannan v. Luis Mendoza
Sunday - 1:35 - OGP v. Big Game James

Royals Pitching:
The Royals turned heads this offseason when they sent highly touted hitter Wil Myers to the Rays for James Shields. While Shields is good, IF Wil Myers is as good as advertised, this will end up looking like a Ruben Amaro-like deal. (That means it will turn out badly, phools.) Shields went 6 strong in his first outing, giving up a single run, but taking the loss. Get used to it, James.

Luis Mendoza is not related to the 'Mendoza Line.' He was the MVP of the 2013 Carribean World Series. Of course, one of the 'All Star' outfielders was a guy named Doug Clark, so take that award with a Tic Tac sized grain of salt.

Wade Davis is starting the series opener. He came along with Shields in the Myers trade. He was an average at best starter in Tampa so they turned him into a reliever last season. He posted a 2.43 ERA so naturally the Royals are going to convert him back to a starter.That usually goes well...

Royals Batting:
The Royals have essentially two first baseman on the roster, with Eric Hosmer and designated hitter Billy Butler. Hosmer did get two starts in the outfield last year and with the Royals off to a slow start offensively, I could see them trying to get both in the lineup at least twice.

Like I said, the Royals struggled to hit in their first series against the White Sox. After three games, the hitting leaders are Alex Gordon and Jeff Franceur at .273. Multiple players are tied for the RBI lead... with 1. Nobody has hit a homer yet. As a team, they've struck out 23 times versus only 6 walks.

Nothing a little KK and Lannan can't fix, right?

What I'm Listening Too:
Saves The Day - Through Being Cool. One of my favorite punk/pop-punk albums of all-time, Through Being Cool was released waaaaay back in 1999 when Saves The Day was still a punk band, not the drug-laden, alt-indie crapfest they turned into. Many people don't like Saves the Day because of the whiny, high-pitched, emo-like lyrics. Usually, that sort of thing would keep me from listening, but their first three albums are absolutely terrific. And Through Being Cool in particular has some of the best guitar tone and mixing of any punk album. Give it a listen here and here.

What We're Drinking:
Corey - Nothing. My fat-ass is going on a diet so I've given up all calorie containing beverages, which includes beer and liquor...pray for me...

Carson - TBD

Prediction:
They can't lose a home series to the Royals can they? No, they aren't that bad.They'll split the first two and Hamels will bounce back and win the rubber match.

15 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Mark Reynolds, who else?!, committed the 1st Howard of the season yesterday. I'll get the graphic up later on the right sidebar.

Preserve Jon said...

There's a lot of smoke being blown around - I watch via MLB.TV from down here in Baltimore - but desipite their 1-2 start, I am encouraged by what I'm seeing from the lineup. In general, the lineup is hitting the ball hard. Whether they fall into mitts or find open spaces, the ball is being hit hard. We have not been able to say that in April for a few years.

BTW, I was very impressed with that Braves lineup. They strikeout too much, but there's a lot of potential up and down the order. They scare me more than the Verducci-annointed Nats.

GM-Carson said...

Ender Inciarte has been returned to the Dbacks.

Preserve Jon said...

I hate Tom Verducci.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20130405/halladay-beckett-sabathia-astros-gattis/?sct=hp_wr_a2&eref=sihp

Corey said...

don't hate Tom Verducci. hate that Halladay throws a Jamie Moyer-like fastball...

GM-Carson said...

Phils traded for a 23 year old shortstop that his .226/.570 in for the Yankees Single-A team.

He's a winner!

GM-Carson said...

Oh, his name is Jose Mojica.

GM-Carson said...

Wow, they are bad. I honestly am shocked people think this team will contend. Contend for fourth place in the NL East.

Ben said...

My face is firmly in my palm.

Anonymous said...

This is embarrassing.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, all of the "pundits" claiming that the Phillies bullpen is vastly improved this season. I kept saying it was still trash at the top. Even Durbin's a disappointment. Adams and Papelbon mean zilch if the guys pitching the 6th and 7th give up a bajillion runs.

Ben said...

Guys in the 6th and 7th mean zilch when your starters give up a bagillion runs.

The offense has been mixed so far. I like what I see out of Utley, J-Roll, and Brown, but others have struggled. On the pitching, well, we can call them "Cliff Lee and the L's".

SirAlden said...

Valdez *tsk *tsk *tsk

Maybe in Mid-Season
Not Good.

Beer-a-Thon said...

This team sucks balls.

Anonymous said...

Ben,

Kendrick did a lot better than his line indicates. Horst is the reason why all five runs were attributed to him. Not to mention the fact that Cholly had him intentionally walk Baker before calling for the ball.