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