Royals Nightly
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Game 149- Royals 6, Devil Rays 3 (55-94)
When the Royals play the Devil Rays, who exactly is supposed to win? I thought of that last night, and frankly couldn't come up with an answer. The Rays have alternatively been thrilling and awful this season, but in hindsight it looks like they managed to cram all of their "Royals 2003-esque alloted baseball luck" into one good month rather than an entire season. The Rays have never won 70 games, and there has been much brave talk in Tampa this season about this being the year. Well, after last night's game the Rays sit at 63-85, so maybe we should all sit back and worry about not getting too ahead of ourselves.

Who said Brian Anderson was done?? BA had a nice little game last night, sure he gave up as many homers (2) as strikeouts recorded (2), and he also walked more (3) batters than K's recorded, but who's counting. The Rays could only manage mostly singles and double plays, and at the end of 7.2IP our man had only allowed 3ER.

Anderson's season ERA is now 5.82- the lowest its been all season.

Plus there was another solid outing by Affeldt to be excited about, his ERA has also found its low-water mark for the season, at 4.35.

Ohh yea, the big homer by Calvin Pickering... After sitting at .191 on September 5th, Calvin's rebounded nicely, and thanks to a 2-2 game with 2 walks, he's now posting a .259/.351/.519 line. Pickering's VORP is now 6.4, making him the 5th most productive player, on the season, on the active roster.


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