Royals Nightly
Monday, September 20, 2004
Game 148- Indians 8, Royals 3 (54-94)
There is really nothing quite like the lineup fielded by a bad team in late September.

Good to see that Alexis Gomez made it into his 10th game of the year yesterday, possibly having the game of his life in the 8-3 loss. Gomez's 3-4 day raised his season line from an anemic .133/.188/.133 to (still bad) printable .263/.300/.316. Basically, he's now the spitting image of Ken Harvey minus 2 singles a week. Bravo! It turns out he is a good-luck-charm from the halcyon days of the dream 2002 season.

Ruining the goodwill caused by Wood and Gobble's encouraging outings, Denny Bautista struggled through another exposure to major league hitting, lasting only 4 innings and allowing 6 ERs on 8Hs. Bautista's season ERA is now above 12, which makes him a strong candidate to be the #3 starter on the 2005 Royals.

Royals Season Strikeout Update!!

Thanks to a 30 inning cushion on his nearest competitors, D.A.R.Y.L May looks poised to win the title of Royal strikeout king.

1. May- 111 (174 IP)
2. Reyes- 87 (103 IP... good thing we kicked him out of the rotation, huh Allard)
3. Greinke- 85 (126 IP)

I really wish that Greinke K-rate was a little higher, but then again, 6.1 K/9 is actually fairly good, so maybe its just an expectation/reality problem.

May's currently tied with Francisco Rodriguez of the Angels for 25th in the AL in Ks. Of course, K-rod did manage his 111 in 76 innings, so we probably shouldn't take the comparisions too far.


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