Thursday, April 8, 2010

Okay. So... How about a little good news?

We're three games into the new Royals season, and to paraphrase the great baseball movie "Major League," these guys don't look to freakin' good.


There are a few specks of good news.

The starting pitching has been spectacular. So far, Zack Greinke has been the worst of the three starters to pitch. And we have Gil Meche back from the injury list this weekend; when he's healthy, he's proven to be a capable middle-of-the-rotation guy. Luke Hochevar did a lot to secure the No. 3 spot in the rotation in Game 2.

And the offense really hasn't been that bad. Hell, Yuniesky Betancourt and a big gust of wind hit a home run in the opener. He's on pace to hit over 50 (that's a joke, by the way). Rick Ankiel finally broke out when he needed to in the second game. And the Royals have been getting men on base. I'm hopeful the offense will come together nicely this year.

But then there's the bullpen.

Just like last year, the bullpen has proven to be atrocious so far. Even reliable Joakim Soria blew it in game two, though he did strike out three batters before giving up a bloop home run to Miguel Cabrera.

I'm hopeful, though. Maybe I'm just blinded by Springtime and opening week. But I think the pieces in the bullpen might fit together to make a fairly complete puzzle. Farnsworth? No. Huh-uh. If they can't trade him, they should make him irrelevant. Only pitch him in situations where a power righty makes sense. Juan Cruz, I think he'll bounce back this year. Roman Colon and Robinson Tejeda will get better. Dusty Hughes has looked good. And Soria is one of the best closers in the game.

So. There's hope. We're still likely looking at a losing season. But it's a step along the journey.

--Matt Kelsey

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