It’s A Long Road…
Since I started watching baseball back in 1996, there has been one constant to my Minnesota Twins universe: getting healthy on the Kansas City Royals. Back in the late 90s, we would get many of our 60-70 wins per season by beating the boys in blue. Since 2001, we have looked forward to their presence (whether here or at Kauffman Stadium doesn’t seem to make a difference) to fuel winning streaks and douse losing skids.
Tonight, the Twins once again outclassed the boys from KC, as Carl Pavano shut them down (8 IP, 2 ER) for most of the game, while Delmon Young continued to swing a healthy bat (HR #7) and the Twins banged out 10 hits en route to a 6-2 victory.
Seriously, and I would love to get some comments on this, why are the Royals still so bad? Besides a extraordinary early-season streak in 2003 (followed by an equally tremendous fade, of course) that gave them an over-.500 record, the last time they were eclipsing that mark was in 1994 when the strike hit. I just don’t understand how a team can be “rebuilding” for that long and still have plays like what happened tonight: a guy fails to touch second base while trying to turn a double play, and their left fielder let a ball sail over his head after seeming to have it measured. This has been going on for far too long in KC, and I want to know why. I kind of feel bad for the organization and fans (be careful what you wish for, I know), as I know the frustration of enduring “lean years”. Thoughts from KC fans or others are welcome.
Preview (35-24, 1st, 4.5 GA DET): Bruce Chen (2-0, 2.95) vs. Scott Baker (5-4, 4.52). Bruce Chen? Bruce Chen??!! Never again will I complain about the Twins having any pitching “woes”.