Mo’ne Davis fires ANOTHER complete game shutout. Such a boss. #
She’s just killing it! Good for her.
CAN WE PUH LEESE TALK about the fucking royals
Beau Bridges wants what Beau Bridges can take, and so wish granted.
The Kansas City Royals are mildly in first place, setting Royals fans into a Shart Week frenzy. The Royals did nothing at the deadline and lost 1B Eric Hosmer just as he was starting to hit like Congo Cash saying “DACOS.” Detroit just added David Price, no biggie.
But even for just a few seconds, fortune favors the just i.e. the Tigers kept losing because they’ve stopped hitting, and the Royals starting to win even though they haven’t started hitting.
Life’s weird. Baseball’s strange.
Yet there’s a twang of the familiar, here. By recent historical precedent, the Tigers almost always Jack Morris’d itself to a postseason spot. Last year at around this time, Kansas City was looking like a first place team as Detroit sputtered on fumes.
But the Tigers have been built to refuel, and cold logic says its dominant pitching and otherwise solid offense will end up winning more games. Because they have so much more in the way of everything — arguably the league’s finest threesomes in Scherzer, Porcello and Price (notice there’s no Verlander and Sanchez, though the two when healthy builds the kind of rotation hitters are bred to have nightmares about.
The Royals counter with a staff of James Shields (good), Yordano Ventura (good) and Jeremy Guthrie (mediocre). Rounding that out is Danny Duffy (maybe very good, possibly very bad) and Jason Vargas (lights out for four innings, turns to blind Paul Byrd by the fifth).
This won’t be a Royals post without the customary rubbing it in part — but here goes. It’s bad enough Detroit has Little Cesar’s wallet at its disposal. It’s terribly tougher still, when the Royals acquired Tampa Bay’s second best pitcher, so he can be the team’s best pitcher. To do so, they gave up six years of controlling an outfielder then regarded as the game’s top prospect.* Let it be known that said prospect won the Rookie of the Year award and has seen the postseason way before Kansas City did.
Compare that with the Tigers acquiring Tampa Bay’s best pitcher to be their second to third best pitcher for the price of a back-of-the-rotation lefty, someone else’s infield prospect, and a starting center fielder miscast as a lead-off hitter.
*And we’re not talking about Javier Baez kinds of prospects. Wil Myers ranked behind Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, respectively. Shit, son.
But Royals fans need to be convinced that they have a shot this year. On the 20th anniversary of the strike, only Kansas City and Toronto have not made the playoffs. The Marlins have two. The Diamondbacks have one. The Red and White Soxii have broken curses. Derek Jeter played well long enough to become the game’s sixth all-time hits leader.
If there ever was a year, this is it.
A couple of years ago I heard that the Royals were buffing up their pitching and that they were going to be impressive. Guess they were on to something.
Love that Russell Martin’s solution is to just run right at them. As if that was going to do anything.
I’m more amused at the lazy kick at the end
Ervin Santana isn’t out until he says he’s out.
Perhaps he just wanted to dance
NL East standings on August 11, 1994.
The time the Expos had a chance
Jackie Bradley Jr., you are bad (but in a good way).
Oh wow! What a catch!