Sunday, March 04, 2007

First Spring Training Games

Breaking News: Mark Grudzielanek will undergo knee surgery on Monday. There is no timetable for his return, but it is certainly weakens the Royals' defense up the middle until he returns. German will likely become the regular second basemen until he returns. German had an outstanding season for the Royals last year, hitting .326/.422/.459. So, he may be an upgrade offensively over Grudzielanek.

Spring Training games are finally underway and we've gotten a look at some of the Royals' new acquistions.

Game 1: Brian Bannister started for the Royals, pitching very well. Bannister went 2 innings, allowing 0 runs and throwing just 17 pitches (14 strikes). Bannister could be a nice find for the Royals. At the very least, it'll be nice to have someone in the rotation who can throw strikes. Joakim Soria's pitched two scoreless innings. A very good start for the Royals' young pitchers. The other big story was Billy Butler, who hit a 2-run single to put the Royals ahead 6-4. The Royals lost 7-6.

Game 2: Meche pitched well in his Royals' debut, pitching 3 scoreless innings and allowing just 2 hits. Gobble ended up with the victory, even though he allowed 2 runs in 2 innings. Butler continues to hit extremely well. He's 4 for 7 with a double and 2 RBIs so far. Shealy went 1 for 3 with a homerun and 3 RBIs. Huber later took over at first, going 0 for 1. Gordon went 0 for 4, making him 0 for 6 so far.

Game 3: Teahen and Buck homered for the Royals. Huber continues to play 1B, but struggled at the plate going 0 for 3. Perez pitched horribly, going 1 1/3 innings and allowing 4 runs. Perez was worth a shot, but I hope the Royals don't keep him around too long if he doesn't pitch better.

"B" game: Hochevar pitched in Friday's "B" game, throwing 2 scoreless innings. Rosa also pitched a scoreless inning and Buddy Bell was impressed with his stuff.

Sunday's game so far: Luke Hudson had a pretty good start for the Royals, going 3 innings and allowing just 1 run. Zack Greinke has pitched a scoreless innings so far. Alex Gordon got his first hit of the season, the only hit through the fourth inning.

Positives so far: The young players are doing very well. Butler, Shealy, Teahen and Buck have provided most of the Royals' offense. The Royals' young offensive talent is finally starting to show, which should make this season more exciting to watch.

Negatives so far: Perez looks like the Perez from 2006. Also, losing Grudz for an extended period of time is a blow to our defense up the middle, which already has a giant hole at shortstop.

Minor League News: Jeff Bianchi is healthy again. He will likely head to extended spring training and move to Burlington. The Royals' article also says he's throwing from the shortstop position (maybe insinuating a move to short?). Erik Cordier, who had a brillant season until getting hurt, will not pitch until the fall instructional leagues. Cordier may have the most upside of any Royals' pitcher next to Hochevar.

40 Comments:

At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've tried to read this blog daily for over a year. No updates since early in Spring Training? Give me a break!

Sorry, but it's coming out of my "daily read".

 
At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What has happened to The Lanced Daily? I always enjoyed reading the updates on this Double-A team masquerading as a major-league outfit, but you have disappointed me. BRING BACK THE LANCED DAILY!

 
At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Jay Smith said...

Very thoughtful, had a great time reading your post

 
At 12:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog is a disgrace! Will it ever be updated again?

 
At 8:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess The Lanced Daily is never coming back. Sort of like the Royals themselves.

 
At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch this blog make a comeback if the Royals ever start to win. I think right now, they're just ashamed the team does, in fact, get Lanced Daily.

 
At 1:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see the Lanced Daily is still dead, even though the Royals are back to their old losing ways...

 
At 9:37 PM, Anonymous Send the Royals to the PCL! said...

More than two years since the last post on this blog, and the Royals are still being lanced daily.

 
At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog is a disgrace! May the Royals lose 100 games again this year!

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

100 LOSSES COMING SOON!!!!

GO ROYALS! KEEP UP THE BAD WORK!

 
At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the Royals ever stop being lanced daily?

Great news! Another season is over! No more Royals losses until April!

 
At 11:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quitting seems to be contagious around the Royals. Now Rany Jazayerli has quit too. Will the last Royals blogger please turn the lights out when they leave?

 
At 1:18 AM, Blogger 健康保寶 said...

很用心的blog,推推哦 ........................................

 
At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Daily Lancing has begun again. Bring back The Lanced Daily!

 
At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Royals got lanced good last night...5-0 lead and they blew it. Can someone just send this entire franchise down to the International League and be done with it?

 
At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many managers have the Royals had since The Lanced Daily quit?

 
At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Royals motto: Hey, at least we don't suck as bad as the Orioles!

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These people are just quitters. Someone else needs to restart The Lanced Daily! The Royals are being lanced night after night and no one is covering it!

 
At 3:30 PM, Anonymous The Lanced Daily said...

Anon@1:43:

Better watch what you say. The Orioles are only 3 1/2 back of the Royals with 19 to go in the showdown of suckitude. K.C. hasn't won this battle yet!

 
At 4:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The season's almost over. No more daily lancings until April!

 
At 11:51 AM, Anonymous The Lanced Daily said...

Awesome news! The season is over, the Royals will no longer be lanced daily until April, and they even managed to avoid 100 losses. Great year Royals!

 
At 7:21 PM, Anonymous The Lanced Daily said...

Greinke is gone now. Another year of being lanced daily awaits...

 
At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Daily Lancing for 2011 is under way! One loss down, probably about 109 left to go! Bring back The Lanced Daily!

 
At 5:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lanced four days in a row by the last-place Twinkies and still no action on The Lanced Daily. Oh well.

 
At 11:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One year later and the Royals STILL don't suck as bad as the Orioles do!

Bring back the Lanced Daily!

 
At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another season winding down. But the Royals have a better record than three other AL teams. Will the daily lancing of the Royals end in 2012?

 
At 4:31 AM, Anonymous The Lanced Daily said...

Spring training looms! And the rest of the American League has their lances at the ready!

 
At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OUCH! Lanced on Opening Day of 2012! Gave Pujols an 0-fer and still lost 5-0. Could be another long year in Kaycee...

 
At 3:21 AM, Anonymous The Lanced Daily said...

Lanced 12 times in a row! The days of being lanced daily are alive and well in K.C.!

 
At 3:14 AM, Anonymous The Lanced Daily said...

Being a Royals fan would drive a person to drink. Will the losing EVER end?

 
At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another season of terrible Royals baseball is in the books. The Lanced Daily remains a dead blog. The Royals remain a dead franchise. May I recommend seppuku for both?

 
At 1:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another stupid trade by Dayton Mooreon is in the books. The Royals can find ways to get lanced even in December. Pathetic.

 
At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 2013 season has begun and the Royals are in first place and looking legit. Will the people responsible for The Lanced Daily and all of the other former K.C. fans crawl out of the woodwork soon? Stay tuned!

 
At 6:16 PM, Anonymous The Lanced Daily said...

Apparently not! The Royals are back to sucking. It appears as if this team is destined to be Lanced Daily forever. There will be no joy in Kaycee in 2013.

 
At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Royals are back at .500--for now. Are the years and years of failure and humiliation about to finally end? Will The Lanced Daily make a comeback and become, once more, The Daily Lancer? Stay tuned!

 
At 10:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Royals FINALLY turned it around in 2013 and stopped sucking, but The Lanced Daily/Daily Lancer never made a comeback. I guess the owners long ago gave up on the team and are never coming back. Oh well...

 
At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Cordier may have the most upside of any Royals' pitcher next to Hochevar."

And he never pitched another game in the Royals' system after this was written. He's 27 now, still in AAA having never pitched an inning in the majors, and he's 36-37 with a 4.29 ERA in his minor-league career.

And now you know why the Royals can't develop their own pitchers...

 
At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, at least they have the awesome Jason Vargass in the rotation now. Way to go Dayton Mooreon!

 
At 3:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 2014 season begins in less than five weeks. Was 2013 a mirage, or have the Royals truly stopped sucking? Stay tuned to The Lanced Daily...

 
At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I guess we have our answer. The Royals have truly stopped sucking. When are the front-runners who used to run The Lanced Daily going to come back now that they can really have a Daily Lancer?

 

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