After splitting the series with the Red Sox over the weekend at two games a piece, the Royals returned home for a four game series yesterday to take on the Angels. The Halos didn’t care that they were the guests in Kansas City — they promptly took care of business, beating our boys 7-1, who failed to show up at the plate for the third game in a row. After the 20 hit and twelve run outburst in the second game against Boston, the Royals have only been able to must two runs in the last three games. Sheesh. Not good. [...]
Brian Bannister, 4-3, looks to right the ship tonight, taking on Joel Pineiro, 3-5. Banny has put together a nice winning streak of his own — three in a row dating back to his May 16th victory against the White Sox, then beating the Rockies and Red Sox in his next two starts.
Pineiro picked up a no decision in his last outing against the Blue Jays and was hammered in his previous start against the Cardinals, giving up nine earned in just three innings. After a fifteen win season last year with the Cardinals and an ERA of 3.49, Pineiro has had difficulty transitioning to the American League, only garnering three victories and an ERA of nearly 5.00 in ten starts this season.
Although the road trip in Boston could have been better, considering the Royals took the first two from the Red Sox, I’ll still take the split. And I would say the same against the Angels.
A victory tonight would be a big psychological boost for the Royals. Good teams have the ability to limit their losing streaks throughout the season and although I’m not saying that the Royals are quite there yet, being able to bounce back tonight would be a step in the right direction. Plus, it would give the Royals a shot at winning the series against the Angels, something they haven’t done for a long time. The Angels have dominated the Royals recently, winning thirteen of the last fifteen contests.
Let’s get a W, boys.
Game time is at 7:10pm