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Royals Nightly
Sunday, September 12, 2004
 
Game 142- Devil Rays 7, Royals 2 (51-91)
So much for the possibility of our Royals winning a series, as the Rays cruised to a 7-2 win Sunday afternoon.

Amazingly, the game featured 16 strikeouts, proving a kind of bizarre reverse to the oft-quoted "good pitching beats good hitting" dictum. In this game, bad pitching beat bad hitting: the Royals and Rays are the two worst strikeout-staffs in baseball, yet against one another, their hacktastic lineups could only flail away. In a way, the game was awesome in this respect.

Beyond that, the depressing non-goodness of Denny Bautista continues. Starts: 2; ERA: 11.85. Bautista allowed 11 hits in just 5.2 innings, good for 6 runs. Getting Bautista for the decaying remains of Jason Grimsley has been seen as one of Allard's best moves, yet at the moment Bautista's minor-league success this season hasn't translated. Ohh well... lowered expectations are really nothing new.

Finally, just how bad is the AL Central??

Heres how the Royals division records stack up:

AL East: 9-21
AL West: 8-24
AL Central: 28-34

And remember, the Royals don't get to play the Royals either!

Keep that in mind when you read Jayson Stark's only too predictable column on the Twins being underrated in a few weeks.

Believe.



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