And then there were three. The Royals are bringing their ‘A’ game (or is that ‘F’ game?) and have now righted their ship. During one stretch, K. C. went 20-18, but things are back to normal in the other city in Missouri. Last night they rolled over for the Twinkies 8-1, for their 7th loss in a row. Come on! Did any of you guys really think that Kansas City was a .500 team? They are still the Royales with Cheese. The loss keeps their lead at 2 games in the race for the worst record in baseball…The Rays kept pace with a 16-1 loss to the Yankees and made sure the game was out of question early, falling behind 9-0 after three innings…The Cubs bullpen blew a 4-0 lead in the seventh and eighth inning last night and kept their faint hopes alive. They Cubbies remain 4.5 games back but their elimination number is now two and they can be eliminated as early as tonight. Things are so bad on the northside right now that they are writing about the Twins world series hopes. It must be bad when, as a fan, you are living vicariously through another team…Pittsburgh did not play last night, but the loss by the Royals eliminated the Pirates from the race.
So the chase is on. While the Cubs are not a real factor at this point, it is down to two teams. The Rays and the Royals. Both teams have six games remaining, three more in Minnesota and three more in Detroit. Luckily for the Rays, the Tigers clinched a playoff spot this past weekend and the Twins clinched last night. Both of those teams are now only playing for the division title, which may not be incentive enough to play all out the last week of the season. Johan Santana pitches for the Twins tonight, but we would be surprised if he was still in the game in the sixth inning. He has been roughed up his past two starts and may need some rest before the playoffs begin. The Rays have six games remaining, all on the road (two in Boston and two in Cleveland), where they are 2-28 since the All-Star break. Can the Rays make up 2 games in the last 6? Wouldn’t it be great if the league had a Monday 1-game playoff to decide the worst team in baseball? We can only dream.
David Price is a front-runner to be the top pick of Major League Baseball’s 2007 amateur entry draft. Price is a 6’6″ pitcher at Vanderbilt that some scouts have called the left-handed version of Mark Prior. This past season Price went 9-5 with a 4.16 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 110 innings. For Team USA this summer, Price went 5-1 and a 0.20 ERA with 61 strikeouts and 7 walks in 44 innings. He won Baseball America’s Summer Player of the Year award for 2006. Obviously a lot can change in the next 9 months. He could suck next year…He could sign Scott Boras as his agent…his arm could fall off…he could get abducted by aliens…he could get Matt Leinart pregnant…the possibilities are endless. In the meantime, the race is on! May the worst team win.