Kansas City Royals Opening Day Notes, Part I
The Kansas City Royals are heading into 2008 with continued efforts to turn the losing tides. While BatBoy BeeZee has the Royals projected to finish fourth in the AL Central, a 70-win or .500 season would be a great improvement for the Royals. Starting the season at Detroit, against the Tigers, and facing Justin Verlander is not the best option they had for starting the season, however.
Through four innings, Verlander has yet to give up a hit and already has three strikeouts.
- Gil Meche seems to be very reluctant to throw a fastball to the Tigers (who can blame him?), but he remains the Royals’ most reliable pitcher and a solid no. 2 or 3 starter in leagues with full MLB-player universes. Meche has four strikeouts through three innings, but the Royals are behind, 1-0, through three innings.
- David DeJesus left the game in the top of the third inning for as-yet-undisclosed reasons. FBD will definitely keep you posted.
- If your league has fielding stats, give Jose Guillen more consideration than normal. Guillen is a good hitter (23 homeruns last year in Seattle) who is supposed to provide power to the middle of the Royals lineup, but he made a rocket throw to home plate to throw out Magglio Ordonez of the Tigers to end the third inning.