Thursday, March 31, 2011

Showtime!!!

The Royals have opened the season on March 31st three times in their 42 year history and have won all three games. Interestingly enough all three have occurred during the era of mediocrity, which as you know is 1995 to the present. In 1998 they beat Baltimore 4-1, Larry Sutton had 2 hits and 3 RBIs while Tim Belcher tossed 7 shutout innings. Runelvys Hernandez, Jason Grimsley, and Mike MacDougal combined for a 3 hit shutout as KC topped the White Sox 3-0 in 2003. Tony Pena Jr. drove in the go ahead in the 11th inning in 2008 as they downed the Tigers 5-4. The Angels are 0-3 in March openers so the game today appears to be a mismatch, well not really but you have to admit it's a funny coincidence.

I won't make it out to the park today but I will be there Saturday for the doubleheader. Hit me up on twitter if you're there too and I may let you buy me a hot dog. I've always had a soft spot for the Angels, due to the Freddie Patek effect, and was thrilled when they won the World Series in 2002 but I haven't attended a Royals/Angels contest since 1985 (this one as a matter of fact). I'm expecting both games to be a lot of fun.

This is going to be an interesting season and it starts today, play ball!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Opening day - Hall of Fame edition

We've covered individual hitting and pitching performances this week so for today I thought I'd check to see the career opening day numbers of Royals Hall of Fame members. Well their Royals career anyway. I also added three players who aren't in but I believe could and should enter some day - Mike Sweeney, David DeJesus, and Carlos Beltran.

Player Games PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
George Brett 18 80 17 3 0 4 9 11 8 .250 .363 .471 .833
Frank White 15 55 10 4 0 2 7 2 8 .189 .218 .377 .596
Hal McRae 13 57 15 4 0 2 7 3 10 .283 .316 .472 .787
Amos Otis 12 52 13 4 0 1 9 3 9 .271 .327 .417 .744
Willie Wilson 10 43 9 1 1 0 2 1 8 .214 .233 .286 .518
Mike Sweeney 9 36 8 3 0 0 2 3 5 .242 .306 .333 .639
Freddie Patek 8 33 11 4 0 1 6 3 8 .367 .424 .600 1.024
John Mayberry 6 27 4 0 0 2 5 5 6 .182 .333 .455 .788
David DeJesus 6 24 6 1 0 0 1 0 4 .250 .250 .292 .542
Cookie Rojas 5 21 4 0 0 0 4 2 1 .235 .300 .235 .535
Carlos Beltran 5 21 7 0 1 1 5 0 5 .350 .333 .600 .933
Man, how about that Freddie Patek? One of the joys in doing this opening day series is getting to see his name regularly and I got to admit his OD numbers do fascinate me. I'm probably alone in this and that's fine. When I was a kid while my friends were pretending to be George Brett or Willie Wilson I was always Patek, without fail. I've only had a few opportunities to write about him since this blog's inception so I've thoroughly enjoyed this week's theme.

And now for the pitchers, some of whom we've already covered.

Player Games W L ERA GS SV IP BB SO WHIP
Kevin Appier 7 1 4 3.69 7 0 39.0 20 30 1.46
Jeff Montgomery 6 0 1 1.04 0 2 8.2 4 8 1.15
Dan Quisenberry 5 0 0 0.00 0 2 7.1 0 2 1.09
Paul Splittorff 4 1 1 5.01 3 0 23.1 12 8 1.67
Dennis Leonard 4 1 3 6.30 4 0 20.0 8 10 1.85
Larry Gura 4 1 1 2.13 2 0 12.2 7 5 1.18
Bret Saberhagen 3 1 1 3.00 3 0 21.0 2 17 1.10
Steve Busby 2 0 1 3.65 2 0 12.1 2 7 1.14
Mark Gubicza 1 0 1 5.14 1 0 7.0 1 4 1.43
One more day (weather permitting).

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Opening day's greatest hits

Continuing with the opening day theme I've got going this week I looked up some of the best offensive opening day performances in team history, you know things like most hits, RBIs, etc. I mean I could talk about Matt Treanor but why bother? I didn't understand the move yesterday and I'm still mystified by it today.

Anyway, here you go.


Rk Most RBIs Date Opp Rslt RBI
1 Frank White 1982-04-05 BAL L 5-13 4
2 Mark Grudzielanek 2007-04-02 BOS W 7-1 3
3 Benito Santiago 2004-04-05 CHW W 9-7 3
4 Larry Sutton 1998-03-31 BAL W 4-1 3
5 John Wathan 1979-04-05 TOR W 11-2 3
6 Darrell Porter 1979-04-05 TOR W 11-2 3
7 Freddie Patek 1978-04-08 CLE L 5-8 3
8 Amos Otis 1977-04-07 DET W 7-4 3
9 John Mayberry 1977-04-07 DET W 7-4 3
10 Amos Otis 1970-04-07 OAK L 4-6 3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 3/29/2011.

Rk Most steals Date Opp Rslt SB
1 Michael Tucker 2002-04-01 MIN L 6-8 2
2 Dean Palmer 1998-03-31 BAL W 4-1 2
3 Freddie Patek 1975-04-07 CAL L 2-3 2

Rk Most walks Date Opp Rslt BB
1 Bo Jackson 1990-04-09 BAL L 6-7 3
2 Mark Teahen 2008-03-31 DET W 5-4 2
3 Brian McRae 1994-04-04 BAL L 3-6 2
4 George Brett 1986-04-08 NYY L 2-4 2
5 U L Washington 1982-04-05 BAL L 5-13 2
6 Willie Aikens 1982-04-05 BAL L 5-13 2
7 Clint Hurdle 1979-04-05 TOR W 11-2 2
8 John Mayberry 1977-04-07 DET W 7-4 2
9 Freddie Patek 1975-04-07 CAL L 2-3 2
10 John Mayberry 1974-04-05 MIN L 4-6 2

Now there haven't been any multi-home run games but five players have homered on more than one opening day. And it's an interesting list, four Royals HoFers and Alex Gordon.

Rk Player Games HR
1 George Brett 4 Ind. Games 4
2 Frank White 2 Ind. Games 2
3 Hal McRae 2 Ind. Games 2
4 John Mayberry 2 Ind. Games 2
5 Alex Gordon 2 Ind. Games 2
Generated 3/29/2011.

Two more days.