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Is it really only six weeks until spring training? Hard to believe since we can see our breath here in the frozen tundra but it’s true! Could the Packers win in the Super Bowl bring luck to the Brewers? Sure, but the Milwaukee Brewers don’t need luck, they already have what it takes to lead the National League Central this year.
More 2011 Brewers Predictions after the jump >>
Kansas City Royals pitcher Zack Greinke won the American League Cy Young award, and apparently, the Kansas City Star
was so excited by the news, they ran two announcements
— one saying Greinke won and the other saying Greinke did not. Bonus: both announcements were/are in the same article.
Because they will undoubtedly change their error, we have a screenshot for your enjoyment. The announcement(s) read as follows:
The Royals’ Zack Greinke won the American League Cy Young Award. Greinke, who finished 2009 with a 16-8 record, became the third Royal to win the award, determined by a vote of the national media.
In the end, Zach Greinke’s league leading ERA wasn’t enough. The standout Royals picther [sic] finished second in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award, given to the outstanding pitcher of the year as determined by the national media.
So yeah, in their exuberance, the editors obviously overlooked the double-printing, not to mention the ugly misspelling in the second paragraph. Apparently, the folks at the Star are having quite the party to celebrate Greinke’s award, which also represents the lone bright spot of yet another horrific Royals season.
As for the Cy Young award, Greinke had all but three first place votes.
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.
Somehow, this little gem slipped under my radar until TBL’s daily baseball post
. Kind of sad for a KC resident, I know, but you can blame the NBA Playoffs for my ignorance. I only have the capacity for one or two sports obsessions at a time. Nevertheless, it’s fitting the day after Greinke
continued his one-man salvage operation of the Royals season
worked his record to 8-1 is when my ignorance ceased. Unfortunately, the Greinke shirts
won’t be on sale at this time because they are part of the Royals’ give-away promotion, and are schedule to be handed out to the first 20,000 attendees on June 16.
I will say, however, if Royals fans want these bad enough, they can follow the lead of some Kentucky fans who convinced Nike to sell the Jodie Meeks/Witness t-shirts, which were initially intended for the team only. Make capitalism work for you by letting the Royals know you are willing to spend actual money on the Greinke shirts. If the demand is high enough, do you really think a smaller-market team is going to turn down an influx of merchandising money?
As for Greinke, if his season continues like it started, the next batch of shirts will feature him holding the Cy Young award.
Mired in a six-game losing streak, the Kansas City Royals are once again calling on the “best pitcher in baseball” to pull their collective bacon out of the fire. The problem is, the Royals, while having a decent pitching staff, are rather inept on the offensive end — 21st out of 30, and because of that, losing streaks are bound to happen. That also explains why Zack Greinke is needed as a streak-stopper. Right now, Greinke is simply lights out. He has a 6-1 record, an 0.51 ERA — just ridiculous — and is absolutely destroying batters with an awesome array
of pitches to choose from.
However, Greinke is being looked upon to provide even more: Restore the baseball identity for a city with a respectable history in the sport.
Greinke the Savior after the jump >>
It’s time for fantasy baseball installment, featuring Eric Amzallag of UnlockedSports.com. Eric discusses who you should be keeping an eye on as the season progresses.
It’s around this time of the year when we notice that certain guys are slowing down, while others are heating up. A month into the year is still early, but it’s given fantasy players enough time to see who is for real and who is just riding a lucky start. It’s also the time when you might want to deal some of your hotter guys who might be about to hit a wall, picking up a more productive player in the process.
More after the jump >>
Last week, I did a post discussing Zack Greinke’s appearance
on the cover of Sports Illustrated
, and how that designation could jinx what is looking like a promising season for the Kansas City Royals
. The thought was either Greinke or the Royals as a team would experience some kind of fall off now that the sporting world knows about them. Fortunately for the Royals, Zack Greinke — who is living up to that “best pitcher in baseball” hype — is laughing at such a suggestion.
More on Greinke’s torrid start after the jump >>
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).
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.