Anyone want to take a stab at the following number sequence and guess what it means? Hint, it isn't my Lotto numbers.
I'll give you a minute...
Ok, here it is. In inning 7 yesterday, it took 4 Royals pitchers to get 3 outs, giving up 6 runs. In doing so they threw 25 balls out of 48 pitches. As if it wasn't ugly enough, Juan Cruz managed to walk home a run during this debacle. The Royals bullpen should be embarrassed, hell I'm embarrassed.
Here we are 8 games into the 2010 season, and the Royals starting pitching rotation has a combined record of 1-2. The bullpen gave up leads in 2 games against Detroit in the season opening series. They also blew a chance to beat the Red Sox on April 10, giving up 6 runs over the final three innings, blowing any chance at a come back. And then there is yesterday. By my count, the bullpen has cost the Royals a chance at 4 victories. Even if they only win 2 of those, they are sitting at 5-3. I just don't know what else to say. A good start by Brian Bannister was flushed down the toilet and the bullpen looked inept.
On the bright side Jason Kendall stretched his hit-streak to 8 games and I still think the DH role is suiting Jose Guillen as he hit another homerun. The offense as a whole looked pretty decent yesterday, but if getting a five run lead for your starter isn't enough to bring him home a win... the Royals are going to lose alot more games.