Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Maybe I'm the problem

Earlier this year James Bailey the former associate editor at Baseball America asked me to contribute to his new web site Hardball Cooperative and I happily obliged. So far I've written four articles for him, all Royals related. And that's the problem - every Royal I wrote about went into a nosedive production-wise. You don't believe me? Check it out:

Bert Callaspo - 5/14
before - .324/.377/.514
after - .286/.338/.395

Zack Greinke - 5/31
before - 8-1 0.84
after - 3-7 3.66

Gil Meche - 6/20
before - 4-5 3.31
after - 2-4 7.75

Luke Hochevar - 7/27
before - 6-3 4.84
after - 0-3 7.45

Not pretty, is it? And of course there I was predicting a Royals AL Central title for Dugout Central back in March. That had me looking good for a little while (18-11,18-11,18-11!) but then the season went south and I decided not to do quarterly updates, a good thing too or baseball in KC could have even been uglier (yes it is possible).

I suppose I could stop writing about the Royals but I enjoy it even though it gets harder and harder as they tumble towards Bryce Harper status. I admit looking at it from the surface it does appear that I'm complicit in their dreadful season but then again I'm not the one making the questionable managerial decisions or the curious roster moves.

So I'll keep writing, they will keep losing, and all will be right with the world.


  1. I think you might be able to chalk the pitchers up to Hillman burning out their arms. You might take a look at Meche's numbers after that idiotic 132 pitch outing. If I were David Glass, I would want to know what Trey is doing with my 55 million dollar arm. Grienke threw a lot of complete games early in the year that were not necessary. So no, I would think that maybe Trey is the problem.

  2. I didn't think the 132 pitch game would affect Meche but it clearly did, of course he really hasn't been healthy all year either.

  3. The real problem for me, Jeff, is that Meche and Hochevar are on my fantasy team. Meche already kind of fit in because he got hurt, like 80 percent of my roster. Hochevar fits because he sucks, like almost everyone who didn't get hurt (there's plenty of overlap of injured guys who also suck).

  4. I was tempted into picking up Hoch after 13 K game, glad I didn't.