Thursday, July 30, 2009
Anderson was batting .242/.282/.315 on the year with 13 steals. But he's only 26 and has a career OBP of .327. According to MLBTR: The Royals say they'll make a corresponding roster move once they determine Anderson's reporting date.
The move can't hurt if it's only cash, plus it could give us some more depth. Will this be the Royals only move ? Who knows but.
The bottom line the Royals are Anderson's 4th team in three seasons
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
- The Jays are asking the Phillies for J.A. Happ and Kyle Drabek.
- The Angels don't want to part with Joe Saunders, Erick Aybar, Brandon Wood, and another prospect for a single pitcher
- The Yankees have a minuscule chance of acquiring Halladay. They wouldn't part with both Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain for him, but they might trade one.
- The Red Sox could still make a big move, but don't expect them to deal for Halladay. The Blue Jays could ask for Clay Bucholz, Jed Lowrie, and Daniel Bard, according to one of Heyman's sources.
- The Yanks would have to give up "a top prospect or two" to acquire Washburn.
Well I must ask should the Royals look to trade Greinke ? It's obvious the Royals aren't going anywhere this year and the team has many holes, but trading Greinke could easliy fill many of the holes. Now I'm not saying to trade Greinke that would make to many average fans go nuts.
And it should because Zack is something special but the team really needs a lot and trading Greinke could really fill up a few holes.
Look at what the Angels were rumored to be asked for Halladay and now granted they don't want to make that deal but with Zack being locked up long term.
Angels could trade:
- Joe Saunders 28, career line of 40-21 4.29 ERA, he's having a bad 09 but was an 08 All Star
- Erik Aybar 25, basically the same as Callaspo well do you want those two in the same clubhouse ?
- Brandon Wood 24, eh.
And the Phillies have offered for Doc:
- 6'6" LHP J.A. Happ 26, 7-1, 2.97 ERA, 100 IP, SHO, 71 K.
- 6' RHP Kyle Drabek 21, pitched great in Adv A and AA
- Another Prospect ?
The Royals should at least listen to offers for Greinke and Soria. Sould they trade them ? No.
I don't trust Dayton that much so no, I don't WANT them to make a move all I'm saying is don't shut down the phone lines. And if you play your cards right you could net a heck of alot in return, play them wrong though and you've got Buck, Wood, and Teahen. Or worse.
But if you want to make a move go get Wladimir Balentien because the Kc Royal Mariners can not be stopped.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Bottom line he's an upgrade over Mitch Maier.
Also Mark Kotsay was DFA'd but I don't think the Royals should look into that one.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Oh and how bad do we miss Farnsworth now ? I mean the guy was bad but at least he would get the job done at least now and then !!!
Jose Guillen is hospitalized after it was mentioned that he might go on the DL in the I suck article.
(Ball four now we've had back to back to back walks here in the 8th and Soria comes in with the bases crammed and 1 out in the 8th brilliant.)
And one would think that it must be at least August well it's not we've still got to more months people !!! And we already know Hillman will be back hey Washington canned Acta.
(Ball One from Soria, Ok there's a strike. Now two.
Man my brain is scrambled as I keep rambling.
Hey you gotta read this.
Anyway I was on facebook and commented on some dude's status that...
(Two Runs in 8-6 Los Angelos Angels of Royals Suckistan in Anaheim)
That (on the double header blowout):
"And said to say who didn't see this coming ? I know people that'd pay big money to be smoking what Dayton is*.
*(Ok if he's not on something explain how he could not see this coming ?)
So here's the blog post you requested (somewhat).
Going into yesterdays double header since 2006 the starters we ran out were not good:
Ponson 15-20 6.01 ERA
Chen 0-11 6.93 ERA
Plus let's not forget:
I mean it looks like a AAA team in fact there are some better options in a lot of the AAA teams.
I mean who wouldn't like to have Esteban German back ?
I hate to tell you I don't enjoy watching Alex Gordon play he's not fun to watch. Butler is average. Tell me besides a few pitchers who do the Royals have who could be considered a star player ? No one on the offensive side.
Yet Moore boldly declares Hillman back In 2010 basically netting his career and Treys together heck if they were smoking something they'd probably share the same Bong. And is anyone surprised the Royals haven't signed Jung Bong yet ? I mean he is an ex-Brave !!!
And to avoid a hundred loss season the team must go at least 26 - 42 but why bother ?
I bet the Royals have committed most of the 7 deadly sins let's look:
- Pride (Nope no pride here)
- Envy (Yes who wouldn't want to be a Iron Pig ?)
- Wrath (Nope even Jose has been silenced)
- Sloth (Yes)
- Gluttony (They've gobbled up a ton of losses so yeah)
- Lust (Yes refer to sin #2)
- Greed (Money money money) (Split Yes by Farny no by Josey)
Ok I need rest. Goodnight.
(Wow just as I wrote that the Angels ended the game on a double play)
Royals are now 20 games under .500
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Heck if Guillen has no fire left it's over. I like what Jose said here I would have loved more fire but I'm glad he's owning up to his poor play so far. He's not the only one but he's the only on admitting it.
“I hate making excuses,” he said. “If I suck, then I suck. And I suck. That’s the way I’m playing. If you suck, you suck. You have to take responsibility in this game. Right now, that’s the way I feel.
“Yes, I suck.”“I’m embarrassed by the money that I making,” Guillen said, “and playing the way I’ve been playing. I’ll swear that on my kids’ (lives). I feel very embarrassed.
“Sometimes, I feel I should take money out of my own pocket and buy tickets for every fan. Because you know what? For a $12 million man, these are not the numbers you should be expecting. I admit it. I’m not playing to my potential.”
I just can't believe Moore has ALREADY said Hillman will be back in 2010.
So stupid. So if we go on to lose 100 games and suck it up the whole rest of the year well it won't matter a single bit.
Unless of course Moore is fired, but to Royals fans firing Dayton is scary but to be blunt he's had his chance and Mike Arbuckle is just setting there I'm just setting here. And I really don't care about this season anymore. And that's after helping a guy move this morning and seeing his Kc Star from the 16th that said: Glass: Royals won't give up on 09'.
When Ponson and Chen make up 40 percent of the 'tation.
And on last thing from the Star "Royals players happy Hillman will return" has a quotes from one player Mark Teahen. My favorite:
“We have better chemistry in our clubhouse, a better mood, whatever,”That's right make love not wins !!!
Finally I'll I couldn't say it any better so Jose go ahead:
“It’s just not working. We all suck as a team. That’s the way it is. It’s not a problem with one individual. It’s about 25 guys. Right now, we suck.”Yes we do right down right as the season goes down the ole Crapper.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Gil Meche to the DL and Ponson is back to the rotation. Yes Bruce Chen and Sidney Ponson in the same rotation and not at the AAA level neither. (Although one could argue this point)
Yuni has been pretty good I've haven't seen much of the last two games but I did get to see Yuni boot a ball, lovely stuff. Not much else to post in a 5 game losing streak that wraps around the All-Star break other then only 12 days till the Trade deadline and maybe the Royals could have the 12 days of Christmas in July who knows. Finally is it just me or is it kind of funny how the fire Hillman level goes up and down amongst fans, the fire Daytoners to. I mean if you want him gone don't only bring it up when he's done bad stick to your guns.
Also beware folks it could happen to you, Juan Cruz has caught Farnsworthinitis and it can spread possibly affecting the whole bullpen.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
1St Place Detroit Tigers 48-39 -GB
By Ian of Bless You Boys
1. Overall how are the Tigers through the first half?
They've exceeded expectations, holding first-place despite not getting any contributions from Carlos Guillen, Magglio Ordonez, or Jeremy Bonderman. The fifth spot in their starting rotation has also been a question mark all season (though you could probably say that about most any team in the majors).
But what's holding them back the most is an inconsistent offense. They've gotten outstanding pitching from the top two spots in their rotation (and up until the last month, Rick Porcello was also pitching well), but poor run support has prevented them from winning several games they should have. That could cost the Tigers in the second half, if they can't find a bat to tie their lineup together.
2. State of Tigers pitching staff?
Pretty solid. Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson have given Detroit a top two that not many teams can match right now. And as mentioned before, Rick Porcello was right there with them until his last few starts. But Armando Galarraga needs to put together a consistent stretch of reliable pitching. And if Luke French can hold down that fifth spot, that would help greatly. The Tigers would probably benefit from adding a veteran starter to the staff, however.
In the bullpen, Fernando Rodney has been a solid closer, though not lights-out. If he can find a way to control his fastball in the second half, he can be even better. (And remember, he hasn't blown a save yet.) The problem is with the set-up men. Joel Zumaya has been terribly inconsistent, throwing hard but not with a lot of control. Brandon Lyon has settled down after a somewhat rough beginning to the season, and looks like an eighth-inning guy right now. If someone else can team up with Bobby Seay in the sixth or seventh innings, the late-inning relief looks pretty good.
3. State of Tigers position players?
The Tigers look great in the infield. Their defense has improved significantly, which has helped the pitching. And their two best hitters man the corner spots. The questions are in the outfield. Left field has been a revolving door all season. That's where they need to upgrade. Carlos Guillen could come back to help with that, but that's hardly something the Tigers can count on. In right field, Magglio Ordonez looks like he's done. But putting him in a platoon with Clete Thomas looks to be the best way to get some production out of him, as Ordonez can still hit left-handed pitching.
4. State of Tigers farm?
Not bad, but not great. With Porcello already in the majors, there's no top-tier gem in the farm system. But there are plenty of solid players that could fill some holes next season (and this season, as well). The strengths of the organization are in the middle infield and relief, both of which could pay dividends soon. And there are some starting pitching prospects that could contribute in the next couple of seasons, too. Is that enough to put together the sort of package that could yield a big deal at the trade deadline? Probably not. But there are some players that the Tigers would hate to part with, such as outfielder Wilkin Ramirez, reliever Ryan Perry, or catcher Alex Avila, and maybe that's what they'd have to give up, if they really felt they had a shot in the postseason.
5. Thoughts on the second half?
I think the Tigers look in good shape. They've played very well at home, and will play more games at home in the second half. They've also played well against the AL Central, which is what they'll need to do to win the division. (Playing better against the AL East might impress more, but beating their immediate rivals would help a lot more.)
There are concerns over whether or not Verlander and Jackson could wear down, but starting pitching should continue to carry them. As mentioned, the left field situation needs to be resolved. But there's room for improvement up and down the lineup, as well as the pitching staff. If the Tigers stand pat, they're capable of winning the AL Central. That assumes that either the Twins or White Sox don't make an impact move, however.
2nd Place Chicago White Sox 45-43 3.5 GB
By Andrew of The 35th Street Review
1. Overall how are the White Sox through the first half ?
Overall, they're pretty much exactly what the Sox faithful thought they would be, although they have this maddening habit of not just playing terribly or only playing superbly, but alternately doing both. Stretches of greatness follow stretches of the most horrendous baseball many of us have seen in our lifetimes, which themselves show signs of potential sporting excellence. If they would simply stay at .500 by winning even-numbered games and losing odd-numbered games, it would be a lot easier to handle.
2.State of Sox pitching staff
Despite what they call Clayton Richard and Bartolo Colon, the Sox still don't have a fifth starter, and at some point we're all pretty sure Jose Contreras will stop this Benjamin Button business and get back to falling apart the way we all know he can. Still, for a three-man rotation and four-man bullpen, they're getting the job done quite nicely. Shoring up the back end of the rotation would help considerably, and while we're all entertaining Roy Halladay pipe dreams we should probably just start reading up on our future scrap heap acquisitions. Ross Ohlendorf! Woo-hoo!
3.State of Sox position players ?
The bats have proven they can still win a softball game and the gloves have proven they should be traded for bats. In short, this side of the team is the team we all came in ready to cheer for and curse. Simultaneously.
4.State of Sox farm ?
Earlier this year, the Sox had two excellent youngsters waiting for the call-up in Gordon Beckham and Aaron Poreda. With both now on the big club, one could argue the farm system has done its job. Of course, one could also argue the Sox have gone from having two decent prospects to having none, which is just as true a statement. Catcher Tyler Flowers and 1B Brandon Allen are making some noise, but neither is old, slow or GIDP-y enough to make the kind of impact the Sox need just yet.
5.Thoughts on the second half ?
A lot of people around the South Side will say things to the effect of "The Tigers aren't running away with it," but the part they never mention is that the Sox aren't doing much to make up the difference between themselves and the team from Detroit. If they can at least be an entertaining second-place team, I think a lot of us will be happy despite our newfound huffing and puffing about the importance of Winning It All, even though we didn't know what that even looked like until a few years ago. But hey, if you're going to have unrealistic standards you might as well go all the way, so here we go: Beckham wins Rookie of the Year, midseason White Sox pickup Roy Halladay takes the Cy Young by a long shot and the team from the South Side beats the Dodgers in six for their second World Series in five years. Believe.
3rd Place Minnesota Twins 45-44 4 GB
By Seth of Seth Speaks
1. Overall how are the Twins through the first half ?
They are and have been right around .500 all year. They are, almost by definition, an average ball team. The lineup has 5-6 guys they can count on and 3-4 that just can not be. The starters and relievers have both been up and down. This team has a record that it deserves.
2. State of Twins pitching staff .
The starters have to be better. Nick Blackburn has been the team's most consistent, top starter. When healthy, Glen Perkins and Kevin Slowey have done well. Scott Baker has come along and improved since the start of the year, and Franciso Liriano is all over the place. But these five (and Anthony Swarzak and maybe Kevin Mulvey) are all young and need to keep getting opportunities. The back end of the Twins bullpen has actually been very good. Joe Nathan is as good as it gets. Matt Guerrier has had an excellent comeback season. Jose Mijares and R.A. Dickey have also done admirably. The rest of the bullepn has already had so much turnover, and deservedly so.
3. State of Twins position players ?
Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are at the top of their games and as god as they get. Joe Crede has stayed healthy so far and shown the right-handed power and great glove that was expected. Jason Kubel has certainly taken the next step in his career, showing his all-around offensive game. Michael Cuddyer has regained his power and is playing well. Brendan Harris has been a pleasant surprise. But offensively, Delmon Young still has not displayed power and both he and Carlos Gomez continue to swing overly aggressively. The bench is quite weak too.
4. State of Twins farm ?
The Twins only have two or three really high ceiling prospects (Aaron Hicks, Wilson Ramos, Angel Morales and maybe Ben Revere). But they have a lot of players that can certainly contribute at the big league level, particularly in the bullpen, starting staff and outfield. Danny Valencia appaears ready for 3B.
5. Thoughts on the second half ?
The Twins need to make a move at the trade deadline or they will remain a .500 team and probably finish in 3rd or even 4th place in teh division.
4th Place Kansas City Royals 37-51 11.5 GB
We all know how bad we've been hey at least Tony Pena Jr was DFA'd today so things are looking up. We are only 11.5 games back but with the way the teams been playing might as well be 20. If you want more you can dredge through the archives.
5th Place Cleveland Indians 35-54 14 GB
By Nino of The Tribe Daily
1. Overall how are the Indians?
Not very good. There is a reason they are in last place in the AL Central. This is a team that just isn't playing consistently good baseball. There are games in which they look absolutely unbeatable in all aspects. Unfortunately those games don't come around very often.
Injuries have played a minor part, even though they've suffered more in the first half this year than last year. Asdrubal Cabrera, Travis Hafner, and Grady Sizemore have all missed time for the offense. An already damaged pitching staff hasn't had the services of Anthony Reyes, Rafael Betancourt, Scott Lewis, Jake Westbrook, and Aaron Laffey at points in the season. But none of this matters given the way the Indians have played this year.
The team is notoriously slow starting under Eric Wedge, but nothing tops the disappointment this year has been.
2. State of the Indians pitcing staff?
One word: Disaster. The starting pitching was considered deep but not very experienced, therfore a bit of an unknown. The Indians were just counting on five performances out of names like Cliff Lee, Fausto Carmona, Carl Pavano, Aaron Laffey, Anthony Reyes, Scott Lewis, Jeremy Sowers, and possibly a mid-season rescue from Jake Westbrook.
The only ones that have worked out have been Cliff Lee and Carl Pavano. Westbrook is still on the Disabled List, Reyes is out for the season, Lewis hasn't pitched since the Progressive Field opener, and Sowers has been the usual Jeremy Sowers. Let's not even talk about Fausto Carmona's exile to the Arizona desert.
The one that has been positive has been Aaron Laffey, but a injury derailed his success after he moved in to help a raveged bullpen.
There's been one body in the pen who's stayed on the active roster all year and that is the high-priced closer Kerry Wood. Everyone who's started on the active roster has either been released, sent down, or visited the disabled list. It's been the ultimate revolving door of relief pitchers. 20 different pitchers have been used in a relief role for this team and we're only at the half-way point.
What's sad is that the Indians brass expected the bullpen to be the strongest part of the team with the additions of Kerry Wood to the back-end and Joe Smith as a luxury right-handed specialist. Added into a group that had Rafael Perez, Rafael Betancourt, and Jensen Lewis, and young depth options like Tony Sipp, John Meloan, and converted starter Adam Miller, there was reason to be optimistic about it all.
3. State of the Indians position players?
A little better than the state of the pitching staff, that is for sure. But it hasn't been as good as you would have hoped for.
Victor Martinez has returned to All-Star form this season. Travis Hafner, despite a small stint on the DL, has at least shown he can be the Pronk of old by hitting long home runs and making his presence felt by making other hitters better.
Shin-Soo Choo has put up an All-Star caliber season in right field, becoming a savior for the Indians as a clean-up hitter and Asdrubal Cabrera was doing the same in the leadoff spot before his injury.
That's where the positives really end. Grady Sizemore has had elbow issues damper his season and effectiveness. Mark DeRosa is on St. Louis' disabled list, Jhonny Peralta has battled issues with moving to third base, and Eric Wedge has stiffed Ryan Garko for too long.
Derek Shelton's offensive approach has led this team to inconsistencies with the bat as well. As a whole, it has just been a lot of inconsistency, but it's far from been the biggest problem.
4. State of the Indians Farm?
I think uncertainty is a good word for the Indians farm system. There is some talent there and the Indians believe that.
But for their relief arms especially, I think the Indians are starting to re-evaluate the way things are done, mostly with their drafting.
Much has been made about the Indians first round picks the past few years and while that is no doubt a problem, it isn't as bad as people make it out to be. However the way they bring up relief pitchers is questionable. Most of the ones with potential start out as starting pitchers and their progress is slow.
The failures pressed Shapiro and company into moving a few starters into their relief roles and even up a level in order to see the effect and maybe get help as soon as possible. All that said, they still Matt LaPorta, Carlos Santana, Hector Rondon and Michael Brantley all at the upper levels of the system.
5. Thoughts on the second half?
Begrudgingly the season is over. But the Indians shouldn't stop fighting. I think Grady Sizemore should probably be shut down to have surgery on his elbow that will eventually need it.
We should probably see Matt LaPorta and Hector Rondon up with the big club at some point. Really it's another disappointment to already be out of it before the second half even begins, and it will be equally disappointing if the Indians do what they did last year and become the best second half team in baseball, only to finish .500 and not only give themselves a worse draft pick, but some more hope that this current group of players can be successful.
A big thanks to everyone of the above blogs for making this happen. And of course a big thank you to YOU the reader. And enjoy the second half of the 2009 MLB season no matter how bad your team plays.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Rany on the Royals: The Breaking Point
The Royal Tower: Shutting Down for awhile
And those are just three big ones, three good ones from three great guys what about the new ones that spring up every year and are gone without a wimper by the end of the year ?
This only proves the Royals are in deep trouble, sure they'll retain the causal fans who don't really care all that much but when guys who bleed blue are at there breaking point well it can't be good for the Royals. And with people who say you can't blame Dayton, you can't blame Hillman, and even saw one that said you can't blame Glass because he was vital in keeping the team in Kc. Well good for him and all but that same team has devolved from a MLB team to a AAAA team and he is the CEO at the top of our "ENRON" or "Lehman Brothers" and should be held responseable. As should Dayton and Hilly.
It's a shame this organazation has well more history and class then this.
I never got the whole TGIF thing but TGITASB.
THANK GOD IT's THE ALL STAR BREAK.
You know the average American should get the All-Star break off to Obama is follows baseball somewhat right ? Make it happen dude. (And that is probably the only time I'll call the Prez "dude" well back to the if you had a mouse in your home you'd trap it commercial for like the bazillionth time, so you see why my brain is rattle. As if following the Royals wasn't enough.)
So until next time folks TGITASB
Friday, July 10, 2009
Royals GM Dayton Moore thought OBP meant:
Benevolence (Benevolence means much good for others)
Yep Dayton was just trying to build a team with a low benevolence rating so that the team would be meaner and grind out some more wins ! Now is that corny or what ?
The article also included:
The anti-Dayton Team
C Joe Mauer .462
1B Albert Pujols .463
2B Chase Utley .427
SS Hanley Ramirez .411
3B David Wright .412
OF Carlos Beltran .425
OF Shin-Soo Choo .406
OF Bobby Abreu .406
DH Jim Thome .401
Yes those are the guys who give Dayton nightmares. A scary bunch we should see to it that no one from this list EVER becomes a Royal.
The Royals have only 2 guys in the top 100 in OBP in all of MLB. They are Callaspo 78th (.354). and Teahen 80th (.352).
Wow now there is some juicy stuff my friends.
And for some even more shocking news ESPN the Mag rates the Royals as number 42 in there list of best pro franchises. How stupid is that ? I don't care what your grading the Royals should never ever be in front of Boston.
Finally I'll leave you with this 563 MLB players, 252 pitchers, and 23 managers have been born in Missouri. 311 former MLB players, 141 pitchers, and 20 mangers have died in Missouri.
And if you thought I was done your wrong. You must, must, must buy a Kc Star today (7/11) for the sports funny it's amazing !
What more is there to say really ? I mean I could go on but to put what I feel into words can't be done.
The Royals trade last years minor league pitcher of the year for a guy on the DL who sucks ?
If you want more go to Royals Review they got more but ugh !!!!
Dayton Moore should be fired forget about Trey Hillman there is no way he'll ever be able to win like this.
Yuniesky Betancourt for Cortes and Saito.
What I wouldn't give for today to be April 1st.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Oh better defense huh ?
Yet the stats clearly show that Tony Pena is by far worse on defense when you take errors/total chances you see that:
Tony Pena is .053 ( 4 errors 75 TC)
Luis Hernandez is .016 ( 1 error 61 TC)
Not to mention the fact Luis has turned more DP's 11 to 9 and has a batting average 113 points higher.
So when FSN Kc told me that the poll last night they had said people thought the Royals could turn it around in the second half to those people I openly laugh in your face. It's move like this that one comes to expect Tony Pena Jr will be a Royal until Dayton Moore is fired.
Yes Royals front office it may seem like the Royals just aren't destined to win but when you look deeper you see that TPJ is not the better defender and he's not the better hitter.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Whatever the reason it's time to make Freel love in Kansas City !
I'm back from vacation at Cornerstone 09 and got to see many great bands but now I'll be back to following the Royals. But hey Brayan Pena is batting .333 !!!