Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Reasons to keep watching

As one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history winds down to its final days many fans have already stopped watching and turned their attention across the parking lot (good luck with that!). But there are still several storylines to keep an eye on in the last few weeks even though KC is once again enduring a losing season.

Zack Greinke's historical season

Zack's season has been well documented and I think last nights 6 inning, 2 hits, 0 runs performance against the Red Sox probably clinched the Cy Young award. If/when he wins he becomes just the third Royal to take the award as the American Leagues best pitcher.

Billy Butler's breakout

Ever since he was drafted we've waited for Butler to develop into an offensive force, the wait is officially over. His 49 doubles is the second most in team history and he only needs 5 more to tie Hal McRae's record of 54 set in 1977.

Joakim Soria's quest for consecutive 30 save seasons

I know the save stat is over rated and sometime pretty much useless but you have to admit that 30 is a nice round number. He is at 28 right now so I think barring a collapse he will get there and maybe beyond.
Rob Neyer is one of the few people I follow on twitter whose tweets I have delivered via text message, last night he had two pretty good ones:

Hillman has summoned Jamey Wright from the bullpen to create a save situation for Soria. Brilliant, I say. Brilliant!

Easiest "save" of Soria's career? Four-run lead. One pitch. Game over.


The battle for fourth place 

Now this wouldn't even be anywhere near a moral victory or process justification but the last time KC avoided last place for a second straight season was 2003. 

Robinson Tejeda

He's 3-0 with a 0.81 in four starts this month. Watch him now because he will probably be traded for a below average offensive player this winter.

Now I don't blame any fan for turning off this disaster of a season or any blogger that has chosen to stop writing but there all still some players going all out and I for one continue to keep watching.


  1. "Just" the third Royal to win the Cy Young award? You make it sound like that number is disappointingly small. Of the 24 teams that were in existence since the Royals started in 1969, only the Orioles, Indians (and their third came only last year), Twins, Yankees, A's, Cubs, Dodgers, Phillies and Padres plus the Blue Jays, who started later, have more than two in that period. And the Yankees and Blue Jays only exceed that number because Roger Clemens got passed around like a joint at Woodstock. And the Angels, Rangers, Reds, Expos/Nationals, Pirates, and Giants have fewer.

  2. Bad writing I guess, I didn't mean to imply it was a small number. Funny how that one word changed the tone of the sentence.