Royals Game Preview: July 2 vs. Cleveland

Kansas City hosts the first-place Cleveland Indians tonight in the opener of a key A.L. Central series.  The first pitch is at 7:10, so come join us or catch the action on (FSKC, Royals Radio Network).

Indians lineup:  Brantley – LF, Cabrera – SS, Kipnis – 2B, Swisher – RF, Santana – C, Reynolds – 1B, Giambi – DH, Chisenhall – 3B, Stubbs – CF, Kluber – RHP

Royals lineup:  Gordon – LF, Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Lough – RF, Giavotella – 2B, Dyson – CF, Mendoza – RHP

Royals Game Notes (PDF file):  Game_80_vs._Cleveland

Royals Trivia Fact:  Ohio native David Lough became the fifth Royal to record four extra-base hits in a game on Sunday at Minnesota.  He’s the first to do so since Johnny Damon in 2000.  The others?  Hal McRae, George Brett and Lonnie Smith. 



Who is David Lough? Is he the next Jim Eisenriech or maybe Tom Poquette, Jim Wolford or Pat Sheridan. Any of those guys would be great, but what we can’t afford to have is another Dejesus, Tucker, Teahan, Conine.

I got the feeling with Frenchy that I had with Jeff King when he hung it up in the middle of the beginning of the season. He just stopped Loving the Game or wanting to play it at the highest level. We all wanted Frenchy to succeed. He’s a Pro. To bad, had to go

As Cain warms up , there needs to be pressure for at bats in the DH spot. Where is our left handed DH possibilities? Kotteras? Johnson? I think we need to work with one less pitcher in the bullpin and some lefthanded pop on the bench.

Lough and Gio have shown some much needed spirit and hustled on the field. There’s talent on this club, but little to no spirit of excitement BEFORE a run scores, a home run is hit, a great defensive player is made. I’d put Lough hitting second after Alex. Escobar is in a swoon (as is, especially Cain). Lough would put some hustle in that early part of the order.

I’ve never understood why a pitcher going great guns is pulled as soon as he is. Hoch was rolling with 4 strike outs and BOOM! he’s pulled for Collins, who has struggled at times and whose 2 walks scored the go-ahead and ultimately winning runs. I’m not a big Hoch fan, but he was doing well and has proved he can pull 3 or 4 innings together before folding–he isn’t getting that chance, thankfully, this year. Except for your closer, used to close score in final innings, a guy doing a great job needs to be left in longer.

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