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Posts Tagged ‘Gil Meche’

Greinke’s “Ace of T-Shirts” Night a Bust

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Zack Greinke took the mound last night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, hoping to keep the Royals’ winning streak alive and to give all those who showed up for his free “ace of diamonds” t-shirt something to remember. Unfortunately, when Greinke left the ball game, the memories he provided — courtesy of a worthless defense — wasn’t exactly what the free t-shirt planners had in mind. Greinke’s night ended with a less-than-ceremonious finish when he gave up a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds.

Greinke’s numbers for the night: an underwhelming six runs in 6 2/3 innings. Two of those were unearned, thanks to two errors fourth inning. News of a positive light: Greinke struck out nine Diamondbacks and his ERA stayed below two runs a game (1.96). If, however, his team would like to keep it that low, they might want to defend the field a little better. In other news, considering how well Gil Meche has pitched in his last two outings (zero earned runs, 17 strikeouts), the next time the Royals do an “ace” shirt for a pitcher, they might want to try Meche on for size.

In other, other news, does anyone out there want to win the AL Central? Despite their putrid play before their mini winning streak, the Royals are still only 4.5 games out of first.

There Goes The Royals’ Promising Season

Well, that was fun while it lasted. Thanks to Sports Illustrated, a promising season for the Kansas City Royals, led by the unable-to-score-on Zack Greinke, looks like it might be coming to an end. What would cause such an early season collapse after a respectable 10-9 start? Injuries? Bad hitting? Bad pitching? Bad managerial moves? Nope, none of that. The culprit can be found on the upcoming SI cover, featuring the Royals’ ace, Greinke (I know Gil Meche is the Opening Day pitcher, but Greinke has been just nasty, something his 0.00 ERA — after four starts — suggests).

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I suppose the silver lining is if the Royals — and Greinke — do go in the tank this summer, they now have something to place the blame on: Sports Illustrated and the cover jinx. Yes, it’s an age-old, built-in excuse, but it’s hard to argue with history.

So there you go, Royals fans — and there should be more of you now, supporting your young team that shows signs of competing in the AL Central for the whole season — if the bottom falls out on this promising season, or worse, Greinke gets injured, you know who to blame.

H/t to Joe Posnanski for the find.