Notes from today's game, while I'm bored at work... this may be a common post from me!Today's Lineup:Biggio
, 3BPreston K
I like today's lineup OK, with Lamb and Burke instead of Lane and Willy, and generally like Garner has been swapping the lineup around recently. They haven't been consistent on offense since the beginning of the season, and need to figure out what works. Burke in the 3 hole playing CF looks like fun! But why is Berkman playing in left? With Bagwell done, Berkman should be at 1B when he's in the lineup, stick Lamb in RF. Or put Preston in right and the Lamb in left, at least at home. Don't need Berkman's knee crapping out while chasing down a double. For cereal. Preston K Wilson IV has already struck out once today~
(1.57pm) Burke just got his 2nd double of the day off the top of the wall in left-center. He's got the only 2 hits for the team today so far.
(2.15pm) Just got back from my break, and Preston K hit a HR. Well, damn, maybe we want Preston K in there...? I guess.
(2.25pm) Former 7th round draft pick by the Houston Astros, John Buck, hits a HR off Pettitte to tie it up (he was part of the Beltran trade), and then Duckworth hits a double. No one out. Hopefully the Rocket will light a fire under Pettitte's ass when he comes back later this week. Looks like he may need it.
(2.29 pm) Burke misplays a fly ball in center and turns
a Grudzielanek sac fly into an RBI double. KC takes the lead, good, good...
(2.32pm) Then... SHIT! Reggie Sanders hits a 2 run HR. KC's up 4-1 now, and it looks like Pettitte's falling apart... ...to the Royals... really? He gets out of the inning with 4 runs on 4 hits.
(2.42pm) Berkman singles and Ensberg walks. Guess who's' up? Preston K!
(2.45pm) Garner and a trainer visit Berkman at 2nd base, hamstring or something? Not a good sign. Then there's a past ball and we get to see the replay of Berkman shuffling to 3rd. Get him outta the OF! Preston sacrifices to get the run. There's a productive out, Preston. Good job!
(2.53pm) Berkman's legs are definitely bothering him as he snags a fly ball in right. First base, Phil, and first base only. They are going to need his bat in the lineup as often as possible. Put him at first and tell him to never move
(3.07pm) Biggio got hit by Burke's foul ball in the ass while at 3rd, kinda funny. Then Burke doubles again, to score Biggio for the tie! They showed a stat when Elmer Dessens came in for Duckworth worth noting... He has 8 loses, leading the league for loses for a reliever. good stuff. tie ball game
(3.41pm) After a few non-eventful innings, Mientkiewicz hits a 3run HR off Qualls into the 2nd row in right field. The Royals, dammit, and Doug Mientkiewicz for christ's sake.
(3.44pm) Not surprisingly, that's all for Qualls. Wheeler's in to end the inning. 3 Runs, 2 Hits. 7-4 Royals.
(3.50pm) Bottom 9, down by 3. Orlando flies out. Biggio goes down on strikes. Lamb flies out. Game over...
The Royals took 2 of 3 from the Astros at home. Each game the winning team scored 7 runs.
Next up is the most anticipated Astros series all year. An interleague series against the Twins. Here's a quick look at the matchups....Tuesday:
Brad Radke (5-7, 5.83 ERA) vs Oswalt (6-3, 3.21 ERA)Wednesday:
Carlos Silva (3-8, 7.07
ERA) vs Wandy (8
Francisco Liriano (6-1, 2.16
ERA) vs Roger Clemens
Of course eveybody's looking forward to Roger's debut Thursday. I've got special interest because I've got Roger and
Liriano on my fantasy team. Liriano has been tearing it up since he moved to the Twins rotation and I can't help but start them both hoping that both offenses take a dump and they get 8 IP, 12 Ks each and both
win. Totally going to happen, right?