Wednesday, August 30, 2006

A Testament to my Fantasy Team's dominance

Tuckcity already beat me to the punch, and what needs to be said about Alex Gordon that hasn't been said? And here, too.

Gordon MVP Already and Tuckcity Goes Deep Into the K...

First things first. Mark Redman, yes that Mark Redman, held the Twinkies to five hits yesterday in a complete game shutout effort. Pretty unbelievable if you ask me. Allthough, if you look at Redman seven-start-splits this season, it looks a little something like this: First seven: 0-5, 6.7ish ERA. Next seven: 6-0, 3.8ish ERA. Next seven: 1-3, 6.2ish ERA. So there you go; Redman is looking pretty cyclical in his streakiness so maybe we can continue to play spoiler (won 8 of 12 games against first place teams since August 2).

Next on the Agenda.... Alex Gordon has won the Texas League MVP. Entering Tuesday's game, he was batting .325 with 29 HRs and 96 RBIs. Yikes. I think we might have managed not to screw up a first round pick with this guy. The last Royal to win such honors was Mr. Ex-Caveman, Johnny Damon in 1995.

Last order of business to tend to... your very own D-tuck, tucknation, tuckaroma, tuckcity is attending Royal's press-conferences and conducting player/coach interviews for Friday nights game. I managed to land a sweet gig with KJHK 90.7 sports radio in Lawrence and have been granted a press pass for Friday and will be watching the game by way of the press box, so yay me.

Luke Hudson goes against sweet-named BOOF BONSER tonight as the Royals go for the series win and two in a row.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

marky mark....

Corban, this Teahen business is out of control. I don't know what happened down in Omaha, but the man has been out of control since being re-promoted to the big-league club. He hit his 17th homer of the year today as Elvys somehow out-dueled Cy Young Candidate Roy Halladay and pitched a complete game shutout (Neither bullpen was used this afternoon). But, back to Teahen, his post-all-star numbers project to a full season of 32 homers and 125 RBIs. Yikes. Allard Baird is totally saying, "I told you so, you big douchebags!" right now. As far as steroids are concerned, I don't think Mr. Teahen is that type of fellow. Let's just hope he can keep it up and as far as trade bait is concerned, I don't want to trade him at all.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

You have to be kidding me

Royals blow 10-run bottom of the first, Nelson screws it all up, we lose in 10.

I am seriously not writing about this.

Hats Off

To Mark Teahen. I have been watching Royals baseball a long time, and have never somebody turn it all around so quickly. When the season began, we had a third baseman who could only loop it the opposite way, a mid-.200 hitter at best, with a good, but not spectacular glove. But now we have a reason to keep a minor league star in the minors for the appropriate amount of time--and it's the new Mark Teahen. Last night, he was 4-4 with a HR and 2 doubles, and his average has risen to .295. But wait--the most impressive thing has not been his BA, but rather his power numbers. Mark Teahen has a .907 OPS, which is higher than (you may want to sit down for this) David Wright, Carlos Delgado, Miguel Tejada, Todd Helton, and Andruw Jones. His .540 SLG % is higher than Scott Rolen's. His .367 OBP is better than Carl Crawford and Nick Swisher. Teahen has truly put together a season to remember.

As we see Carlos Beltran pelt another GW HR, we Royals fan's can finally grimace to a much lesser degree, given Teahen's sensational play over the last two months. Remember, when he got sent down, he was batting .192. That was a month and a half into the season. I don't know what he did or how he adjusted, but you know what? I don't care. As long as he's clean, I'll be rooting for him.

Not saying that he took steroids or anything like that.

No, I'm not insinuating that at all.

You guys see Carmelo last night?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Hochevar pitches...for the Royals!

A welcome sight to Royals fans...he then went out and pitched two hitless innings for Single A Burlington, and struck out Justin Upton in the battle of the #1 overall picks. Hooray, baseball.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Royals Pillage Braves' Organization again

Dayton Moore has done it again--but his new acquisitions happen to be in the baseball operations side of things, an aspect of the Royals that has been largely built by the super-cheap Glasses. Earlier this week, Moore brought good friend J.J. Picollo on board to be director of Minor League operations. Also, Rene Francisco, Atlanta's former director of international scouting, was brought on board to work in a similar capacity, if not the exact same job, new city.

These moves have more impact than any of the trades we have made so far. This is huge. The Atlanta Braves minor league system is one of the most productive outlets in baseball history--just go to Turner Field and check out the 13 consecutive division title flags. I can't believe the Braves let them go. I guess the Braves are trying to do Dayton a favor by virtually handing him one of his best friends, Picollo. But Rene Francisco? This is exactly what we need.

As the Baird era ended, we were all exposed to more and more horror stories about drafting players with thrift in mind, stories of meddling by the Glasses which prohibited potential trades for Marcus Giles and Alex Rios (years back mind you, for Paul Byrd and Mike Sweeney, respectively), and other administrative absurdities. Now we're going to build a competent scouting department.

Last night, after the 12-2 drubbing of the Royals, I called in to Soren Petro's show and asked him whether he thought the "Braves way" or "the Moneyball way" were really THAT different, and how Schuerholz's teachings would affect Dayton's vision for success. Petro said that those schools of thoughts aren't that different, but the A's had to think about value whereas the Braves, owned by Ted Turner and on their own network, don't. It's all about balance--numbers AND tools. OBP AND upside.

I'm excited. It looks like we're not going to be the scourge of the league any longer.

Well, at least on the operations side.

Monday, August 14, 2006

For Crying Out Loud...

Geez Louise. Three straight sweeps. Exhibit A.) Swept in four at home by Twinkies, look terrible. B.) Sweep Red Sox in three at home, look awesome. C.) Swept in four by Indians at the jake, look terrible.

Allright, what the hell is going on here? I'm so confused and angry that i'm about to whip out my Dick...... Howser bobbledhead and whack somebody across the face with it! I mean, come on fellas! I haven't seen ups and downs like these since riding new Worlds of Fun attraction: The Patriot(TM). (Edit: Never actually rode the Patriot, just trying to score some sweet Worlds of Fun passes). Anywho, the bullpen is an absolute mess once again. With the exception of a meaningless steller six inning performance by Todd Wellemeyer on Sunday the bullpen looked like junk in yet another four game stretch. I don't even know where to begin. So i just won't. All I really want is for Buddy Bell to be fired so that I can stop saying, "I could do a better job of managing this team," because it's really ticking people off when i say that.

P.S. Has anyone noticed a trend in recent Tuckcity posts? I say the bullpen sucks two posts ago and they look great for a series. I say Luke Hudson is my new favorite player and fantasy filler and he give up 11 runs in a third of an inning. That is not a typo, by the way. Wahoo.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Brownie time....

First things first...... deep breaths everyone....... the Royals, yes those Royals, just swept the Boston Red Sox. This is not a dream (or a nightmare if you're a Sox kid). Of Course, immediately after my "bullpen woes" post, the late inning fellas went out and shut down one of the best offenses in three straight games. Giving up just 1 ER in 9 1/3 innings of work is just a phenomenal three game stretch. I hope that some of the younger fellows, i.e. Burgos, Sisco, can find some consistency and become reliable assets for the upcoming years.

On a side note, new Dylan Tucker fantasy star Luke Hudson has recorded six consecutive quality starts!

Now, to the meat of the post. One of my roomate's "favorite" players, Emil Brown is quietly putting together a nice little season once again. His Batting Average is up to a solid .290 with an On-Base-Percentage + Slugging-Percentage of .808. The only thing missing this year, is the power numbers, as Emil has clubbed just ten homers thus far (Though he has had a recent power surge with 3 dongaromas in the past week). Emil has proved a nice little assest for the Royals over the past two years. Hopefully, he can continue to be a contributing stop-gap player until Mitch Maier or Billy Butler are ready for big-league time.

Just remember, folks: It's not a snack, it's Emil!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Bullpen woes....

Well, Doug Meintkiewicz said in a recent online chat session that the bullpen is the most important part of a pitching staff. To me, Meintkiewicz's words are like the words of 1000 angels, so I'm going to take that to heart, and then begin to worry. Ambiorix Burgos continues to confuse Royals fans by going from one dominant performance to a severe choke job or two. I don't know what to make of this guy. I love him then I hate him, and it's becoming a big time problem. I do not know what the Royals are gonna do as far as their closer is concerned because inconsistancy like this is not gonna cut it. My vote goes to the consistency of Joe Nelson; he's earned it so far this year.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Hochevar signs!

Royals fans, the holdout is over. Luke Hochevar has signed. I am blogging this from a bus station in downtown KC, where people have rushed out in the streets, loosened their ties/hobo apparel, and grabbed a forty ounce for each hand. Pure elation reflects on the collective facial expression, joyous that Luke Hochevar, the number one pick has...signed...a MAJOR LEAGUE CONTRACT!

Yeah, he's the first Royal draft pick since Bo Jackson to ink a major league deal out of the draft. But Bo deserved it--his Tecmo bowl dominace earned him that right. But a signing is a signing. Let's party!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

trade review

Corban, I have to say that I believe Dayton's mid-season work is worth nothing short of an A. The only real part of this team's potential future that was traded was Mike MacDougal. In my opinion, that was also the best trade. We got two power arms who have the potential to make some serious waves in the starting rotation. We shipped off 6 guys, and didn't give away any c urrent starting pitchers (not that we have anyone with any value) or any starting positional players that factor into our future. In return, we got 5 potential starting pitchers (Lumsden, Cortez, De La Rosa, Pimental, Johnson), a potential starter at first base for 4-5 years (Shealy), and 2 guys to come out of the bullpen (Dohmann, Diaz). I think given what he had to work with, Dayton couldn't have done much better. Our staff next year could be interesting...... (Greinke, Lumsdan, Perez, De La Rosa, and another veteran).

Oh, by the way..... I am interested to see how bad Affeldt and Denny get rocked when their breaking balls don't drop in Denver.....

P.S. Runelvys Sucks!!!!! He needs to turn that "suck"tion around and use it on his own gut.

A confession

Listen, before I say anything, I don't like the Twins or the White Sox as lonestanding franchises, as the teams themselves, independent of who's running them, who plays for them, etc. But after watching last night's game...

I have to admit I really like how the White Sox and the Twins run their systems. They just develop the right people to put in the right roles. There are three guys on the White Sox bench--Alex Cintron, Ross Gload, and Pablo Ozuna--who would be Royal regulars. But they plug them in the right places, and give their regulars much-needed rest without losing too much. Chicago GM Kenny Williams has done a sensational job. He took a team brimming over with power hitters and shaky pitching, a team that would win but never go far in the playoffs, and rebuilt the whole damn thing. He dispensed Jose Valentin and Carlos Lee. He developed pitchers like Mark Buerhle and Jon Garland, and dealt for Jose Contreras and Freddy Garcia. Now this year, he added Javier Vasquez, who has been so-so, but you get the picture. Pitching wins deep into October, no matter how many bats you have in the lineup. And as often is the case, those teams miss the playoffs anyways. And what happened on that October night in Houston? You all know the story.

The Twins I have a great deal of respect for, especially GM Terry Ryan. The Twins lose good players every single year to contract issues--they are relatively small-market based as you know. But the Twins minor-league system has been thriving for a generation now. Their big guys are all products of their system--Torii Hunter, Johan Santana, Justin Morneau, Francisco Liriano. Santana would be cruising to his second Cy Young if it weren't for a pitcher who is likely a few stalls away from him in the locker room. Liriano has been absolutely unbelievable. It appears this guy is unshakeable. Rocket's return night in Houston? 8 IP, ER, 7 K. Usually rookie pitchers get solved after about 60, maybe 70 IP. Liriano's at 115 with 137 K. Yikes.

So I guess the point of this post is that I hope Dayton Moore's in-division GM competition will raise his game. For his trade deadline work, I give him an B+, with the Shealy deal ranking the highest. He would've gotten an A if he had found out a way to deal Grudz, Sanders, or Redman for somebody of any value, but I'm probably asking for too much.

Odalis Perez on the mound!
vs Buerhle