Monday, August 31, 2009

Top 10 reasons Glass extended Moore's contract

I wonder what on earth David Glass seen that would compel him to force us to endure Dayton Moore until 2014? And Trey is coming back too, that's what we call a lose-lose situation. I figured there has to be something that Glass likes about the 2009 season so I dug deep and came up with 10 reasons.
  1. He has a fondness for middle infielders.
  2. He likes the idea of having 2 catchers on the bench.
  3. He thinks defense is overrated.
  4. He doesn't know what OBP stands for and thanks to Moore he doesn't have to know.
  5. The last he heard Moore was a genius at building a cheap, effective bullpen.
  6. He doesn't know how to pronounce Kila Ka'aihue and thanks to Moore he doesn't have to know.
  7. Moore somehow convinced him that he drafted Greinke and Butler and that it was Baird who picked Moustakas and Hosmer.
  8. He is afraid to look ignorant and tell Moore that he doesn't understand the process.
  9. His eyebrows have taken on a life on their own and they extended Moore.
  10. 18-11!

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.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

If I had anything clever to say about Gordon's demotion I'd say it here

I really have no problem with it. That .198/.300/.313 line he has put up just screams overmatched. I really don't even care if they are doing it to delay free agency because it needs to be done. Gordon so far has been a major disappointment and the breakout season once again remains a year away. It would have been nice if he had started the season at AAA in 2007 but it also would have been nice if hadn't waited until September to sign after he was drafted in 2005. Funny how nobody talks about that.
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A tale of two Yuni's - the much maligned shortstop is batting .306/.370/.612 in his last 15 games, covering 54 plate appearances. That stretch includes 3 doubles, 3 triples, and 2 home runs. And he has walked more than he has struck out (5 to 4). His first 57 PA's he hit .113/.127/.151, what an unsual season.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Crow?

Well Strasburg got his. Just imagine if the Nats had met Crow's asking price last year. They would have a future good looking rotation. I imagine there will be a plethora of "the draft is broke' articles in light of Strasburg's record setting bonus but I think its fine as is. Love or hate Boras but he did tell the world it was going to take some serious dough to land his client and the Nats took him anyway. My question is what's the holdup on Crow? He said last season he would've taken less money to sign with KC but now seems intent on getting what he wants. What changed? Very little has gone right for the Royals this season and it would be a tremendous morale boost to the fans if they could get this guy signed.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The positive experiment - Yuni edition

The Royals have ripped me of my optimism this season much the same way Dr. Hartman ripped Peter Griffin of his innocence. But for the remainder of the season I'm going to try to stay positive -  not because I'm patient or that I trust the process (I don't) but because it's just too depressing to stay negative. So while I think that Trey and DM should both be fired I won't be calling for it (at least not til the end of the year).

I didn't like the trade then or now but it's hard to imagine Luis Hernandez or TPJ stringing together the five game hitting spree Betancourt has. He has hit .350/.381/.750 with five extra base hits and five RBI's. I don't think anyone thought he would maintain the .113/.127/.151 line he put up in his first sixteen games as a Royal and I'm sure he can't keep up his current five game pace but it is encouraging. He has been spraying line drives all over the K and is currently an offensive force at the bottom of the lineup. It'll be interesting to see how long he can keep it up because it is fun to watch.