Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Meche wants the ball on opening day and optimistic Royals fans

It's really a no brainer but Gil Meche should start opening day.

“When I got here (in 2007),” he said, “I said, ‘It really doesn’t matter to me if I’m the ace or the fifth guy. We’re all going to pitch.’

“The way I look at pitching is as a starter, whenever you go out and pitch, you have to feel you’re the ace of the team. That’s just the mind-set you should have when you pitch.’”

Meche still feels that way. But make no mistake, he now wants the ball on opening day.

“Yeah, I do,” he said. “It’s been fun the last two years.”

I know fans are ready to anoint Zack Greinke the ace of the staff based on last season but his and Meche's numbers are skewed by their April stats. Here is what they did the first month:
Name Record IP ERA BB/K
Meche 1-4 33.2 7.22 15/23
Greinke 3-0 36 1.25 10/19
And here's what they did the other five months:
Name Record IP ERA BB/K
Meche 13-7 176.2 3.36 58/160
Greinke 10-10 166.1 3.95 46/164

Meche is still the ace and deserves the opening day start -  maybe next year Greinke moves into the #1 spot but right now it should still belong to the 11 million dollar man.
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Royals fans who have participated in the contest are an optimistic bunch. I have gotten a lot of responses and the average record right now is at 84-78.  I'd say it's been awhile since there has been this much excitement surrounding the Royals.

4 comments:

Ray W said...

Meche should want the ball and expect to pitch opening day, I think he should be ticked if he doesn't get the nod this team needs more fire.

Jeff Parker said...

Its nice to see him so assertive. I'm guessing HoRam is not getting that start, lol.

Craig said...

I agree totally, and am so pumped to see a 1-2 punch that they have probably not had since the days of Saberhagen and (fill in whoever you want)

Jeff Parker said...

Cone/Appier - 1993 & 1994.

Cone won the CYA in 94 and Appier should have won in 93 (in fact it was the second best single season pitching performance in KC history, behing only Sabes 89 CY campaign).