Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Zack Greinke (Kansas City Royals)

What else can I say? This kid is amazing. Although he gave up his first earned run(s) tonight, he still will have the best in baseball and is the first to reach 5 wins. I blame the run on the curse of the Sports Illustrated cover, which the latest edition conveniently came out today. (Anybody in Kansas City knows the curse, as well as all around the country.) Greinke came out and pitched 7 innings giving up 5 hits and 2 runs. This made his 0.00 ERA move to 0.50, which is still amazing. The rest of the team is trying to play up to Zack's pitching, with Tuesday's game appearing to be a fluke after losing 1-8, but Monday's game a win 7-1 and tonight a whopping 11-3. This last one was a huge boost of confidence for the Royals and they are looking to take the series from one of the best teams in baseball. Billy Butler stepped up and hit two homers tonight and scored 4 times. How about this Alberto Callaspo kid? He is now ranked 9th in the majors with a batting average of .375, but had the number three in the AL spot for a short time. He wasn't even supposed to be out there. Trey planned on him only being a bench player, but Alex Gordon got hurt and moved Mark Teahen from 2nd to 3rd. They stuck Callaspo in and he ended up having a ten game hitting streak, ending this past Tuesday, but he then continued with 2 hits tonight. The Royals record is now (11-10) and with more consistency on the mound and more success at the plate, the Royals are still hungry for the top spot in the AL central. The last game of the series will be played tomorrow at 1:10pm CT at Kauffman, with Kyle Davies up for the Royals, and Brian Burres for the Blue Jays (ERA 12.46, 0-1). 

After the Blue Jays the Royals move on to the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome. 

Game 1
Friday May 1, 2009 at 7:10pm CT vs. Minnesota Twins
KAN Sidney Ponson (0-3), vs. MIN Kevin Slowey (3-0)

Game 2
Saturday May 2, 2009 at 6:10pm CT vs. Minnesota Twins
KAN Brian Bannister (2-0), vs. MIN Glen Perkins (1-2)

Game 3
Sunday May 3, 2009 at 1:10pm CT vs. Minnesota Twins
KAN Gil Meche (1-2), vs. MIN Scott Baker (0-3)

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