Royals Nightly
Monday, July 26, 2004
Game 97- Indians 5, Royals 1 (35-62)
The Angel Berroa error steak is over. Unfortunately, the poor play continues. The Royals' lineup drew two walks (both by Buck) and produced just one extra base hit, a double by Harvey. Somewhere in the whirlwind of negativity that was this weekend series, Joe Randa returned to the lineup, and has picked up where he left off, hitting singles and not doing much else.

While theres nothing quite like gripping about the lack of walks and power from this team, perhaps the larger issue at hand is the "poor" start by Zack Greinke. Greinke gave up 5 runs on 8 hits, but I don't think he had a particularly poor outing. Between the 1st and the 7th he shutdown the Indians and kept the Royals in the game. If Zach does have a weakness, it may be a slight leaning towards the gopherball, as he's now given up 14.

That being said, I think Greinke could use a week or so off. He's still the youngest player in the major leagues, and he's now made 12 starts. I know the Royals are watching his workload intently, but its so rare for pitchers this young to be at this level, and so common for young pitchers to break down (sometimes regardless of workload) that I'm still scared to death that next season, or even 2006, might be effected by something that happens during the final month of an already lost season.

Lets hope not.

(Still haven't seen anything new on the Sweeney trade front either.)


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