Friday, May 30, 2008
Wow. Jose Guillen is one of my new favorite Royals. Why you ask?? Is it because he cussed out the team for being soft and not caring? Or is it because he is being a big "meanie"?
No, the reason is because he cares, which is great to see. Now the Royals need to find 24 other guys that care that much.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
KANSAS CITY -- Billy Butler, a fixture in the Royals lineup since last June, was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.
Butler's spot on the roster was taken by infielder Mike Aviles, who was Omaha's hottest hitter with a .338 average and 42 RBIs. Aviles has never played in the Majors.
Butler was batting .263 and was not hitting with much power. He had just one home run along with 11 doubles and 18 RBIs.
A designated hitter and first baseman, Butler hit safely in his last five games, 5-for-18, but all five hits were singles with no RBIs. His only home run occurred on April 14 at Seattle.
Butler, 22, has been considered one of the Royals' rising stars, but with the club locked in a 10-game losing streak and run production lacking, he was sent out for more seasoning.
Aviles, 27, has played 32 games at second base and 18 at shortstop for Omaha and made six errors. With regular Mark Grudzielanek out of the past two games with a sore back, he could get a shot at second base. Or, with Tony Pena Jr. struggling at the plate, he might be tried at shortstop. He was in Thursday's lineup at short.
A right-handed batter, Aviles had 10 home runs, six triples and 21 doubles. In 213 at-bats, he had struck out just 23 times.
Aviles is in his third season with Omaha. Last year he batted .296 with 17 homers and 77 RBIs and was named Kansas City Minor League Player of the Year. He also did well last winter in Venezuela as he batted .299 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 56 games for Aragua.
After playing at Middletown, N.Y., High and Concordia, N.Y., College, he was selected by the Royals in the seventh round of the 2003 Draft. That summer he played for the Surprise Royals in the Arizona League and hit .363, leading the league in runs (51) and doubles (19) in 52 games.
Aviles' contract was purchased from Omaha.
Butler, after a successful Minor League career, was called up from Omaha on May 1, 2007, for a 16-day stay. He returned to Omaha for another month, was recalled on June 19 and thereafter hit .298 with eight homers and 48 RBIs in 82 games.
Butler is more of a gap plugger than a home-run blaster but the Royals obviously expected more punch that he's shown so far.
This year he was batting .302 on April 25, but in 31 games since, he has hit just .231 (24-for-104) with seven doubles and eight RBIs. With runners in scoring position, his average is .311 (14-for-45), fourth-best on the team.
Butler was held out of the lineup twice recently, on May 22 at Boston and on Tuesday night against Minnesota. In both games he was used as a pinch-hitter and singled each time.
Although he began the season as the regular DH, he worked hard at playing first base and was being used more frequently at that position this month. However, Mark Teahen has been playing first base, moving in from right field to make room for Joey Gathright in the outfield.
The Royals also made it official that right-hander Leo Nunez was placed on the 15-day disabled list. His bullpen spot was filled by left-hander Neal Musser, recalled from Omaha. The move was announced after Wednesday night's game.http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080529&content_id=2794247&vkey=news_kc&fext=.jsp&c_id=kc
Monday, May 26, 2008
The Royals play the Jays today and are trailing 1-0 as we speak.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
The Royals! A pleasant surprise so far, the last 4 years they hadn't had this good of April. Now that we are into the middle of May, with the Royals (20-21) only 1.5 games back, makes me think/hope that they Royals could be for real.
With the additions of Miguel Olivo and Jose Guillen starting to heat up, the Royals are starting to score some runs. With the solid pitching of Bannister and Greinke they Royals have managed pretty well. Here is a rundown of the positive and negatives so far this season:
Joakim Soria- Has only given up two runs all season, both of them last night. It finally appears that the Royals have a reliable man in the 9th.
Jose Guillen- As the weather has heated up Guillen has heated up. After starting the season so poorly, Guillen has risen his average to .238. He is also 3rd in the AL with 14 doubles.
Zack Greinke- Many wondered how he would handle getting moved back to the starting rotation, he seems to have responded pretty well by having 4 wins and having a tiny 1.93 ERA. Zack is really one of the better stories in baseball and I really hope he can keep it up.
Bullpen- Can't leave the guys in the bullpen out. They have been great so far, with Nunez and Ramirez pitching the 7th and 8th with Soria in to lock it up in the 9th. Gobble and Mahay have also been able to come in to face left handed hitters and have been successful.
Jose Guillen's start- He is notoriously a slow-stater but this was bad, really bad. Jose had just reached the Mendoza line list weekend. But with all of that aside, it seems that Jose is doing fine now after he was gotten "warmed up"
Gil Meche- Altohugh Gil is still not getting much run support, (3.59) he hasn't been pitching nearly as well as he did last year. His 5.98 ERA is a strong indication of that.
That's all for now, I hope to keep up with the blog a little better. If you have any comments feel free to drop a line.