Wednesday, June 25, 2008

NL Champs???

It is becoming more and more clear that the Royals should be in the NL. They have the best record of any MLB team in interleague play. DeJesus has caught fire. Guillen is still smoking hot (and he walked twice against de la Rosa and the Rockies last night!). Aviles has been more than surprising and certainly seems to be sparking the offense from the two-hole.

Their pitching seems to be back with Mahay providing some stability out of the pen, and the rotation stepping back up to its performance level earlier in the season (although Davies seems to be doing it with smoke and mirrors, as he's not striking guys out while maintaining about a 1:1 K/BB ratio and a 1.65 WHIP).

Olivo's bat is so powerful it's taking out umpires--OK, maybe that was too soon... Seriously, well wishes to Brian O'Nora, whose face was the latest victim in this ridiculous maple bat fiasco that did not see any decision made today when the owners met to talk about it (amongst other things, of course).

But mostly, I think it is odd to have just broken free from another long losing streak only to find the Royals a mere eight games out of first and two games out of third place in the AL Central after less than a month of time has passed. I really think they do have the talent to threaten .500, as the offense couldn't possibly underperform for that long, and if they get the Billy Butler back, who is tearing up AAA (why is he not up yet? I think that swing is fixed...), and he keeps raking, it would stand to reason that they could really start to score enough runs to stay in ballgames.

I guess I'll ever be the slight optimist.

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